British respondents get drunk more times per year than anyone in the world, The results of the 2019 Global Drug Survey, published on Thursday, revealed. What could be the explanation for this?
Adam Winstock, an addiction psychiatrist and founder of the Global Drug Survey, said British respondents are drinking too much, too often, regarding getting drunk as the point of a night out as opposed to enhancing the evening.
"We have never grasped moderation. It's not part of our culture or conversation," he said. "We need to learn that more fun with better health and fatter wallets can follow from a bit less, a bit less often."
And drinkers around the world should consider cutting down to benefit their health, Winstock said.
"Deaths due to alcoholic liver disease and cancer due to excessive alcohol consumption are on the rise, along with obesity and poorer mental health," he said. "Drinking too much makes all these worse; drinking less make them better."
Researchers spoke to 123,814 people from more than 30 countries in preparing the report, and they found that people on average got drunk 33 times in the previous 12 months.
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