It’s no secret that residents of some countries are more seasoned drinkers than others. Whether that’s a legitimate accomplishment or not, we’ll leave for you to decide. But there’s no denying that when it comes to alcohol consumption, not all countries are created equal.
Well, now it’s more than just rumor and braggadocio. A new survey of nearly 125,000 people across 36 countries has determined which country gets drunk the most, and in results that will perhaps surprise no one, the UK came out on top.
According to The Global Drug Survey, British participants reported getting drunk an average of 51 times each during the past 12 months, while the global average is just 33 times per 12 months. The US fell just shy of the top mark, with an average of 50 during the last year, and Canadians and Australians followed with 38 and 47, respectively. Portugal brought up the rear, reporting getting drunk only 20 times during the past year.
It is, however, important to note the survey’s Western bias. Eighty-seven percent of those polled were white, and 25 European countries were represented compared to just one from Africa and Asia.
Adam Winstock, the survey’s founder, didn’t seem too surprised by the results. “In the UK we don’t tend to do moderation,” he said. “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.”