DRINKING IN GERMANY...I think I have noticed something!

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As far as drinking with meals goes, as an American living in Germany, I think I have noticed something here in Germany!!
So my question for you is: What are your meal drinking beverage habits like? Do you pretty much almost always drink a beverage with a meal or occasionally or never? And what have you noticed as far as this topic goes?
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  1. Jennifer Fuss

    Jennifer FussVor 5 Stunden

    I only occassionally order something to drink along side my lunch meals in Germany

  2. kleinarilou

    kleinarilouVor 9 Stunden

    Many people are working at an office, and have something (cheap) to dring at their working place - so they can drink before and after lunch without ordering expensive beverage during their lunch hour.

  3. Daniel28021991

    Daniel28021991Vor 10 Stunden

    I never saw/ did this!

  4. Michał Wolski

    Michał WolskiVor 16 Stunden

    In Poland it's quite normal to order hot drinks to your meal, for example a hot tea to your dinner even in the middle of the summer :)

  5. bearchay889

    bearchay889Vor 17 Stunden

    I have to have a drink, but it's nearly always just a small bit at the end of the meal to cleanse the pallet. That is unless i'm just really dehydrated and need more.

  6. Mr.X89

    Mr.X89Vor 20 Stunden

    new intro sucks :( where is the little plane flying around???

  7. Maria Müller

    Maria MüllerVor 21 Stunde

    I almost always drink a beverage with my meal, but I noticed that I often miss to drink between the meals as if I forgot that humans need water to survive.

  8. Simon Einspieler

    Simon EinspielerVor 22 Stunden

    i usually drink something when i eat but strangely i first finish eating and afterwards i drink my drink because i was once told that it is healthier that way but i´m not sure if that is realy true guess i´m used to it by now

  9. Fidi987

    Fidi987Vor 23 Stunden

    My mother told me that when she was a child, they never had water/ drinks at mealtimes and they rarely drank during the day (they had to go to the kitchen to get something to drink). Then, everybody started to talk about "drinking more water" and we all got water bottles in our rooms and water glasses at mealtimes. That's when my mother realized how much we had restricted our water intake before (all family members). In restaurants, they will often give you salted or otherwise heavily spiced food to get you to order more (expensive) drinks. You get condiments such as olive tapenade or garlic dip with baguette etc. before your meal to make you thirsty. And then a small drinks costs about 3 € and a larger one 5 €. So two larger drinks equal a pizza or another small/ medium dishes.

  10. SilberRegen

    SilberRegenVor Tag

    At my grandparents house it was custom not to drink while eating, because "you will eat less if you're full of water and you are at the table to eat". They both always had a glass of water (and bottle for refill) ready on the counter to drink throughout the day, but never on the table for lunch or dinner. We (grandchildren) had to specifically ask for it if we wanted to drink something with the meal. They would however order a drink with their meals in restaurants, most likely a "Radler" or "Pils" :) I assume this is a habit from a period of time, where the time to consume food was limited and you needed all the calories you could get.

  11. Lena Vogelsang

    Lena VogelsangVor Tag

    when I was in the US I shocked my friends by either taking no drink at all OR taking unsweetened iced tea, without ice. Can't say what grossed them out more, the lack of sugar or the lack of ice.

  12. Heather Bonin

    Heather BoninVor Tag

    Yeah, no drink with the meal really is odd! I pretty much always have something with. The only occasion I'd say that I don't is when the meal I had was SO heavy and dense that it weighs like a brick in my stomach, and adding a drink to it would be torturous. In those instances I'll wait a while, then most likely have something to drink; the food needs to settle. But to have nothing at all under normal circumstances is strange. The drink serves to be the agent to "wash down" the meal, to break it up, to have something cold or light to serve as a sort of palate cleanser. The drink, in social occasions too, serves as sort of an after-meal activity to carry on while sitting around with the people you're sharing a meal with (after meal wine or coctails, for example.) But to not have anything? Very weird!

  13. Alistair1231

    Alistair1231Vor Tag

    most of the time when I have something to drink when I'm eating, I barely touch it until I'm done.

  14. mehle84

    mehle84Vor Tag

    In meiner Kindheit wurde immer gesagt, man trinkt nicht während es Essens, sondern erst danach... Keine Ahnung warum...

  15. MIM-TV

    MIM-TVVor 2 Tage

    I don't know just a single German who chokes his food down dry. The first question in the restaurant is always: "Would you like to order your drinks"?, even before you look at the menu. I'm sorry, but you really seem to run out of themes.

  16. nannakurzhaar

    nannakurzhaarVor 2 Tage

    some believe it is not so good to drink too much while eating - it dilutes the acid in the stomach and can make problems to people with a sensitive stomach or digestion trouble. But I don't know a lot of people who don't drink at meals.

  17. Jasmin

    JasminVor 2 Tage

    Meine Mutter hat mir immer gesagt ich soll während des Essens nichts trinken, damit ich mich nicht ''satt trinke''. So hat es sich irgendwie auch eingestellt, dass ich zum Essen nichts trinke. Erst danach.

  18. Richard Leonhard

    Richard LeonhardVor 2 Tage

    When I go out to eat, I usually order a beverage with a meal and if I didn't there would be something missing. But other than that, it's really not something I care much about.

  19. Thomas Stammel

    Thomas StammelVor 2 Tage

    Ich trinke sehr viel beim Essen. Beim Frühstück mindestens 2 Tassen Kaffee, Mittagessen 2 Gläser "Apfelsaftsorle" und zum Abendessen entweder nochmal 2 Gläser "Apfelsaftsorle" oder ein Weißbier oder ein Pils.

  20. Sebastian Mustermann

    Sebastian MustermannVor 2 Tage

    I'm from Bavaria and I've genuinely never heard of or seen someone not have something to drink whilst eating.

  21. Norbert

    NorbertVor 2 Tage

    Wenn ich Zuhause oder im Restaurant esse habe ich immer was zu trinken, in der Arbeit, zu Mittag (Kantine) hole ich mir nie etwas zu trinken. Maximal nach dem Essen ein Becher Wasser.

  22. Ellen Norman

    Ellen NormanVor 2 Tage

    In Sweden we also always order something to drink, however we also always offer free water. In Germany I have gone to eat (I live here now) a few times without ordering something to drink, which actually is completely fine if you have drunk enough before the meal... however, it is still kind of strange to me. Also, Dana - is your last name Newman (American) or have you taken your husband's name, or has he taken yours, or neither of both?

  23. Azuris190

    Azuris190Vor 2 Tage

    I nearly never drink something while i have a meal

  24. Trifler500

    Trifler500Vor 2 Tage

    I pretty much always drink something with a major meal, but not always with a snack or light meal. I find that drinking something helps reduce the quantity of food that I eat as well, which is a good thing.

  25. MrJlin1982

    MrJlin1982Vor 2 Tage

    Like Stefan, sometimes I will, sometime I won't. I think its European thing,curtainly a northwestern Europe thing. Intresting I gonna check out

  26. MrJlin1982

    MrJlin1982Vor 2 Tage

    I the Netherlands they often ask Do you want something to drink? Instead of what do you want to drink?

  27. Connie Mack

    Connie MackVor 2 Tage

    I'm curious as to whether Germans subscribe to the "eight glasses a day" as we do in the U.S.? I would find it hard to drink a healthy amount of water if I had to avoid drinking around three meals a day, plus I would not want to drink right before bedtime.

  28. Eva Müller

    Eva MüllerVor 3 Tage

    U usually get tap water for free at restaurants in Germany

  29. Pegasos 1986

    Pegasos 1986Vor 3 Tage

    I am German and I always have something to drink with the meal. It just makes stuff go down so much more easily. But I am also one who will empty a filled glass of beverage within half an hour or so - just because it is there.

  30. Mayhem

    MayhemVor 3 Tage

    Great videos, but please, for the love of god, make a distinction between german and austrian songs, it might not matter to you, or your american followers, but i've been to oktoberfest a couple of times and i know for a fact that at least 50% of the "german" songs are actually austrian musicians and we are kind of proud of our music, foremost if it's played up and down in every bierzelt at the oktoberfest. Also, i'd love to see you read out STS songs, or austrias unofficial anthem "I am from Austria".

  31. Quanten Christ

    Quanten ChristVor 3 Tage

    Sometimes i first eat my whole meal and then chug down half a liter of water afterwards :D

  32. Sirena Tobin

    Sirena TobinVor 3 Tage

    I noticed nobody carried around water bottles in Europe except tourists...and there's always the still vs bubbly water thing.

  33. Mr Person

    Mr PersonVor 3 Tage

    I always drink something when I eat. Most of the time it's a must because I take big bites and need to help it go down lol.

  34. Roger Lynch

    Roger LynchVor 3 Tage

    Drinking hear means much more as the commen thought of getting drunk. It is a cultic act to celebebrate civilisation. A sense Americans have lost totaly as the result of the Puritanic influence on their culture. Fine Wine of Beer is NO beverage in the average way. Or as Berry Newman had phrased it in PETROCELLI ones, IT IS VINO and not just a drink. That expressed the European viewpoint very well. In so far dear Dana your premesis is wrong. The meal is just an adition to the fine creation you so ordinary call beverage.

  35. Glutdrache

    GlutdracheVor 3 Tage

    I think it depends where in Germany you're going to a restaurant. Where I live it would be weird not to order a drink. They expect you to order at least a small glas of water

  36. Toni7926

    Toni7926Vor 3 Tage

    If people eat alone or with their partner at home, they usually don't drink anything. If there is a group of people in someone's home, he will ask them and they will usually say "yes" to a drink. After all it would be rude not to ask and I feel like accepting a drink is the right thing to do regardless of wanting it, but I can't really say where that thought comes from. If you go to a restaurant, it's usually considered rude not to have at least one drink, because people assume that restaurants earn most of their money by drinks. I've heard on DE-tube(not from anyone in the real world, though) that you could ask for tap water as well. I personally would never ask for it, because others might think that you either don't have the necessary money or are too greedy to spend it.

  37. Phil S.

    Phil S.Vor 3 Tage

    If you drink a lot while eating, you dilute the stomach acid. This makes it harder for your body to digest the food.

  38. Lori Mitzel

    Lori MitzelVor 3 Tage

    I have to have a drink, preferably water or iced tea, with a meal. In fact, I have one of those drinks with me at most times. Many Americans carry water with them. In Germany, I wonder what came first, having to pay for water or not drinking a beverage with a meal?

  39. Manolo García

    Manolo GarcíaVor 3 Tage

    I'm from Spain and live in Germany and what I have noticed is that most of the time at lunch with family of my girlfriend (German) they put the food and everything in the table BUT NO glases or drinks... and then I stand up and go grab some for me. At the beginning I didn't know if I was being rude or what... but in the end they understood that this is how we do it in Spain :)

  40. Flower Dolphin

    Flower DolphinVor 3 Tage

    I always order a drink. When the food is dry or very sweet for example, I drink while eating. But when the food is very saucey or moist, I’ll drink before eating, then I eat all of my meal and then I finish my drink.

  41. Sonnie Travels

    Sonnie TravelsVor 3 Tage

    In Japan, they don't drink while eating. I rarely ever see anyone drink so I'm always wondering if everyone is dehydrated lol Every time I go to a restaurant, the water is free, but since Japanese people don't drink with their food they give you INCREDIBLY TINY GLASSES! So I had to learn how to ask for a pitcher of water for the table :) P.S. I LOVE your freckles!

  42. saschapanzer

    saschapanzerVor 3 Tage

    Nah that's definitely not true. It's pretty much a given that there's something to drink when you eat basically anywhere and for anybody I know

  43. Andrew Bristoe

    Andrew BristoeVor 3 Tage

    WOWOOOOOWWW Aussies sometime an only drink meal that is so weird!!!!!

  44. Rachel Johns

    Rachel JohnsVor 3 Tage

    I can't not drink something with my meal. It's refreshing in between bites and kind of a pallet cleanser.

  45. Donny Sandley

    Donny SandleyVor 3 Tage

    Come on 🙄 your from the south 😏👍

  46. Thomas Knip

    Thomas KnipVor 3 Tage

    Uh, no, really not. In my 50+ years as a German I NEVER EVER (sorry for shouting) experienced in my family, at relatives, at friends, at strangers,wherever ... a meal without a drink. Be it breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon or dinner. Never. I know of some elder people that they had been taught a a child not to drink while having a meal. So it might be a style of education. Or maybe it's a regional thing. But, nope, it's not common in Germany.

  47. Gummy Bear

    Gummy BearVor 3 Tage

    I ONLY drink beverages at meals. That's literally the ONLY time, and it's usually diet coke or peach tea that I drink.

  48. Freddy2TakeOff

    Freddy2TakeOffVor 3 Tage

    5:20 "What are your meal drinking beverage habits?" => To be honest: *you* made me thinking of that strange non-drinks habits on meal - and I can't remember having seen this that often. On the other side: as a ½ French-man, I agree that, based on a menue or even a simple breakfast / lunch, liquids have automatically been given with, when I back in France or even in my living area in Germany (Saarland). But also, the Saarland is quite right beside Germany, so the habits went over the border anyway. But there are even some more things based on the "Drinking in Germany"-arguement: in France, when you're sitting in a café or a restaurant: when you're ordering an ice-cup, a glass of water will be automatically been bring to you for free (same in Italy and even some more countries, btw); but, in Germany, as long as you haven't ordered one (which means, that you'll have to pay for too), no water will be offered to you. The waiter is not even obligated, mainly because - let's say: 98 % of the Germans - don't *want* a water accompanying their ice consumption. So, I wonder, if those things you noticed couldn't maybe be a local quirk around Munich & Bavaria ... I don't know, though.

  49. Jørn Opdahl

    Jørn OpdahlVor 3 Tage

    From Norway: Almost never drink anything when eating dinner or lunch. Breakfast, coffee or milk.

  50. Fotomax K

    Fotomax KVor 3 Tage

    I usually drink something when I eat, but not a lot and it depends on what I eat. Btw, I am German

  51. Markus Wolff

    Markus WolffVor 4 Tage

    When I go to lunch at work, I usually don't get anything to drink. Simply because that would cost extra and I usually have ample liquids back at my desk which I drink all the time throughout the workday. Why would I pay extra just to have something to drink right at the time I'm eating when I know I'll be back at my desk in a few minutes where I already have something that was either much cheaper or even provided for free?