Now The Sun Online can reveal the celebs who have left the famous awards so thoroughly refreshed by the delights of the free bar that we've had to coin a new phrase for their condition – Brit-faced.
From Ed Sheeran being held up by a leather-gloved helper, to Abbey Clancy practically crawling out of an after-party while Peter Crouch looked on, we run down the real greatest hits from the Brits.
Can any of this year's thirsty celebrities top this lot? They can but try.
ZOMBIE WALK: Ed Sheeran
Few could top the boozy departure Ed Sheeran managed in 2011 when the bedraggled ginger nut staggered out of the Warner Music after-party – and straight into a lamp post.
The zombie-like 28-year-old needed help from minders to navigate his way to his taxi – with a helper clamping one leather-gloved hand around the singer while another held his wrist.
Ed had good cause to hit the complimentary champagne though, having picked up a remarkable two Brits that night.
And, amazingly, he didn't head home after this picture were taken, continuing to party at London's notorious The Box nightclub until 6am. Wow.
QUEEN OF LEAN: Caroline Flack
Flackers was listing like the Leaning Tower of Pisa at the Warner Music after-party in 2017.
The 39-year-old Love Island star looked spectacularly partied out as she navigated the treacherous pavement at Freemasons Hall in central London.
Fortunately, she didn't take a tumble – but judging by the look on the security guard's face behind, it seems she had a few people worried.
CHEST FRIENDS: Brian McFadden
Westlife star Bri looked the picture of style when he rocked up at the Brits in 2004 with then-wife Kerry Katona.
But come the afterparty – and several bottles of Becks later – the 38-year-old singer was a beast unleashed, unbuttoning his shirt so low it would make even Simon Cowell blush.
The Dancing On Ice star seemed determined to show off his curiously groomed chest as he and bandmate Markus Feehily charged around the after-party at a restaurant in west London.
Flying without wings, indeed.
DRUNK DANCING: Holly Willoughby
It's just not a party until This Morning favourite Holly turns up – and the 38-year-old gave it everything at the Warner Music after-party in 2015.
She launched into an extraordinary dance which involved wagging her finger before clasping her hands in what appeared to be a golf swing.
Still, regardless of how much booze she may have put away – and her and Phillip Schofield are famously a clear and present threat where the free bar is concerned – she looked absolutely fabulous.
CAB CRAB: Matt Willis
Poor Matt appeared to be trapped, crab-like, on the floor of his own cab at the Brits after-party at the Savoy Hotel back in 2004.
The 35-year-old star, who at this point was still a year away from hooking up with future wife Emma, was snapped trying to heave himself up – and failing miserably.
Still, he seemed to be enjoying himself. And with Busted having performed Teenage Kicks and picked up the Breakthrough Act and Pop Act prizes, he had every right to.
However, they lost out in the prized British Group award to The Darkness. Well, you can't win them all.
CROUCH DOWN: Abbey Clancy
In bizarre scenes, Abbey was snapped crouching – pun intended – down outside a Brits after-party in Soho, curling into a ball like a celebrity hedgehog.
Seemingly trying to hide from photographers, the 33-year-old model took up position in a corner outside the historic venue, with worried-looking venue staff standing on.
We're not sure what footballer husband Peter Crouch, 38, is saying here, but judging by the confused look on his face, it starts with the words: "What the…"
BAND AID: Mark Owen
Little Mark looked a little worse for wear when he went to a West End after-party in 2007 looking like a Keith Lemon tribute act with a bandage on his right hand.
The 47-year-old singer and the rest of the TT boys had performed their hit Patience, which won Best Single, on the show this year.
However, after sitting through Russell Brand's much complained-about hosting that year, it looks like Mark slunk off to the bar. We don't blame you.
PARTIED OUT: Harry Styles
Poor Harry looked like his hangover had started early when he left the Sony after-party at the Arts Club in London in 2013.
The 25-year-old star, then still riding high on the One Direction money machine, slumped in the corner of a taxi and appeared to be holding his head.
He really didn't look well, but if he did throw up in the back of a cab, he could well afford the £50 fine, being worth well over £50 million.
BEER CHEER: Paddy McGuinness
The Take Me Out host appeared to have given up use of his limbs at an after-party at the Savoy hotel back in 2011.
The 45-year-old telly star clamped a bottle of Becks beer in his mouth as he went into the venue – a handy method that means you only need tilt your head back to drink.
Probably not too good for the teeth though, Paddy. Let the celebrity see the dentist.
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