The UK Is Officially The World’s Drunkest Nation

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, UK
Published 16.05.19

Weirdly proud of this one.

Don’t get me wrong, I know I shouldn’t be, but I can’t help but feel good about knowing I’m contributing to this.

Now, before we get started, I’d like to make clear that I’m not a fan of drunken Brits being idiots on nights out in the street and I’m even less of a fan of them giving us a bad name abroad – usually during World Cups and the like – but I respect drinking nonetheless.

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Upon reflection, I suppose most people would have predicted this result anyway, but it was confirmed by a study conducted by Professor Adam Winstock, as he surveyed people globally to work out their drinking habits.

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The results showed that Britain was on top, getting drunk, on average, 51.1 times in a 12-month period. That’s nearly once a week.

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Brits were closely followed by Americans, who clocked in at 50.3 times a year, with Canada in third at 47.9.

Basically, most English-speaking countries found themselves at the top end of the list.

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It’s easy to forget how big drinking culture is in the UK. After-work drinks are basically a weekly, company-funded piss up. Meanwhile, Thursdays are the new Friday, meaning we go out then, but without actually substituting Friday drinking to make up for it.

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Every bank holiday the TV is packed full of adverts with supermarkets selling beer and such for a fraction of their price so you can get drunk on a Sunday.

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Monday’s depressing, isn’t it? Definitely going to have a few beers after work to make it better.

The cycle goes on…

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Should probably do something about that, really.

We’ll mull over it in the pub.

Images via Global Drug Survey, Getty

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