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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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

The cycle goes on…


Should probably do something about that, really.

We’ll mull over it in the pub.

Images via Global Drug Survey, Getty