when it matters

Last night I discovered what British people do when they want leisurely passage to their European vacations. They take a ferry, land in Belgium/France/Holland, and proceed to buy up all the booze that Europe can produce. How is it that continental Europe has any alcohol to spare for its own cafes and bars? Why aren't the brasseries and Gasthauser deserted and dry? At the Zeebrugge docks I watched Brit car after Brit car open its trunk to reveal the cases of Stella or hard spirits. And once onboard they didn't stop, buying massive amounts on the Pride of Bruges. Britain: drinking Europe dry.