UK gets more drunk than any other nation in the world, new survey finds
A new global survey has found adults in the UK get drunk more often than any other nation.
Britons said they get drunk on average 51.1 times throughout a 12-month period - which works out as nearly once a week.
In contrast, the average respondent said they got drunk just 33 times in the last year.
Our neighbours across the pond in America also came close with the average respondent citing 50 times a year, and 48 times a year for those in Canada.
The average binge-drinking session was much lower in countries such as Chile, where they only get drunk 16 times a year, and Germany where they admit to getting drunk 22 times a year.
Researchers based in London quizzed 5,670 people from England, 566 from Scotland and 120,000 people worldwide from 36 different countries between 29 October and 30 December last year.
The report did not include a breakdown of the number of people surveyed in Northern Ireland and Wales.
Those behind the report believe it's time to introduce new guidelines on how to get drunk safely.
Prof Adam Winstock, the founder of the Global Drug Survey, 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."
He added: “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.”
Currently, NHS guidelines claim there is no safe level of drinking, and strongly advise both men and women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week on a regular basis – which is the equivalent to about six pints of beer.