Last week we told you that Brits are drinking less alcohol than they were a generation ago.
Well, while we may drink LESS overall it turns out we’re still top of global rankings when it comes to binge drinking.
That’s right, Brits have the dubious accolade of getting DRUNK more than anywhere else in the world.
The 2019 Global Drug Survey, the largest such survey in the world, looked at the recreational drug and alcohol use of 130,000 people across 36 countries.
And Britons reported getting drunk an average of 51.1 times in a 12-month period – almost once a week.
Researchers based in London surveyed 5,670 people from England, 566 from Scotland and tens of thousands worldwide between October 29 and December 30 last year.
And while Brits nabbed the top spot, we were closely followed by other English speaking nations such as the US and Australia.
The study’s authors explain that while overall drinking is down in the UK, those who are still drinking are really going for it, to put it bluntly.
Professor Adam Winstock, the founder of the Global Drug Survey said that cultural norms were to blame for our ongoing dysfunctional relationship with alcohol.
He said: “We get told too much is bad, and it is, but current guidelines fail to accept the pleasure of intoxication and give little guide on the difference between being a little drunk and a lot drunk, and doing it three to four times a year versus weekly.
“We need to have that conversation.
“In the UK we don’t tend to do moderation, we end up getting drunk as the point of the evening.
“Until culture changes and we become more European and moderate in our drinking, we might have to bite the bullet and think about how to advise people to get drunk drinking less.”
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