The real answer is the French - the British can't handle drink whatsoever, no even the so-called 'hardened drinker'. The continentals know that it's not all a big race, and that drinking without food is a bit of a travesty that only exacerbates it. So, if a French man and an English man were to go for a night out, the French man will be far more likely to still be standing. Masculinity isn't measured by how much booze you can take - something that we need to learn.
i tend to differenciate the (traditional) working class from the non-working underclass of chavs and the like. i think they (the chavs) would probably win hands down. nice of us middle/working class folks to pay taxes for them to blow their benefits on booze eh?