A new survey has revealed that British people are more likely to binge drink, go to the pub or drink at home compared to those living in Germany, Australia, America and China.
Our liberal attitude towards alcohol means that 66% of Brits drink at least twice a week. This is followed by 63% in China, 62% in Australia, 57% of Germans and 55% of Americans. When it comes to binge drinking, 15% of us admit to having at least one ‘high energy’ night of drinking per week.
According to Alcohol Concern, alcohol abuse costs the NHS a staggering £21 billion every single year and in 2012, there were nearly 6,500 alcohol-related deaths in England which is a 19% increase compared to 2001.
The author of the report, Nick Vale commented:
“From the malmsey wine of the 14th century to the craft gin producers of today, we Brits have a long and distinguished heritage of creating, sourcing and enjoying the best drink in the world. Why? Because we British are a hugely sociable nation, we love to chat and booze facilitates that. The pub gives us somewhere to meet and alcohol helps lubricate our conversation.”
As only five countries were looked at in this particular study, it’s likely that another country could top the worldwide list for the biggest consumers of alcohol. In Russia for example, it is reported that a quarter of men die before the age of 55 and this is mostly due to alcohol. In the UK, this figure is 7%.
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