UK adults get drunk more often than anywhere else in the world

Britons get drunk more often than anyone in world: UK tops major global survey followed by the US, Canada and Australia The study comes amid an overall downward trend of drinking levels in the UK  It is the 8th annual report and claims to be the largest drug survey in the world English speaking countries led the way for how often their citizens get drunk The US, Canada and Australia closely followed the UK at the top of the rankings 

By Connor Boyd For Mailonline

Published: 22:00 BST, 15 May 2019 | Updated: 22:00 BST, 15 May 2019

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Adults in the UK get drunk more often than anywhere else in the world, rankings show.

Britons reported getting intoxicated an average of 51.1 times in a 12-month period, almost once a week.

In comparison, the global average is just 33, according to an analysis of data from people living in 36 countries.  

English-speaking countries led the way for how often people get drunk, with the US, Canada and Australia closely following the UK.

The findings come from the eight annual Global Drugs Survey, thought to be the largest poll on substance use in the world. 

Critics say the findings dispute a major study last week which showed Britons are drinking less alcohol than they did ten years ago. 

Britons reported getting intoxicated 51 times in a 12-month period - almost once a week. They were closely followed by people in the US and Canada (map shows how many times in a year the average adult gets drunk)

Britons reported getting intoxicated 51 times in a 12-month period - almost once a week. They were closely followed by people in the US and Canada (map shows how many times in a year the average adult gets drunk)

Experts believe this is being driven by young people, the 'millennial' generation, who tend to be far more restrained in their drinking habits than older groups.

Researchers based in London surveyed 5,400 people from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and more than 120,000 globally.

Professor Adam Winstock, founder of the Global Drugs Survey, said while fewer people were drinking, many who were are doing so in a potentially harmful way. 

He added: '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 difference between being a little drunk and a lot drunk, and doing it three-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.

THIRD OF WOMEN HAVE BEEN TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF SEXUALLY WHILE DRUNK OR HIGH 

Some 29.3 per cent of women who took part in the global survey said they had been taken advantage of sexually.

One in four of them said it had happened in the last year.  

Two thirds took place in a private house, while 70 per cent involved someone they knew. 

The incidents involved unwanted kissing, oral sex, sexual touching and penetration.   

Almost all respondents who said this happened within the previous year did not report the incident to police.

Forty-three per cent chose not to because they felt partly responsible.

Researcher Alexandra Aldridge said people can feel reluctant to use the words sexual assault because they may believe their experience is less valid if they are intoxicated.

She added: 'Clearly people are feeling responsible in some way for their actions, and I think a lot of people who experience harassment or being taken advantage of can really relate to that.'  

'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.

HOW OFTEN DO PEOPLE GET DRUNK ON AVERAGE IN YOUR COUNTRY? 

UNITED KINGDOM

US

CANADA

AUSTRALIA

DENMARK

INDIA

IRELAND

MEXICO

CZECH REPUBLIC

FINLAND

BELGIUM

NEW ZEALAND

FRANCE

SPAIN

SWEDEN

SLOVAKIA

BALKANS

ITALY

AUSTRIA

NORWAY

NETHERLANDS

SWITZERLAND

BRAZIL

HUNGARY

ARGENTINA

COLOMBIA

GERMANY

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