UK leads the world in binge-drinking followed by India: Survey


The British people got drunk 51.1 times over a year or almost once every week followed by the Indians who opted alcohol 41 times during the past 12 months period (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images).
The British people got drunk 51.1 times over a year or almost once every week followed by the Indians who opted alcohol 41 times during the past 12 months period (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images).

A LATEST global survey has listed the UK and India among the top 10 binge-drinking countries.

The UK has topped the global survey of binge-drinking, while India ranked sixth after the US, Canada, and Australia, according to the Global Drug Survey (GDS)released in London yesterday (16).

The British people got drunk 51.1 times over a year or almost once every week followed by the Indians who opted alcohol 41 times during the past 12 months period.

This means that the Indians reported ‘being drunk’ on an average of 41 times during the last one year.

Both the UK and India are well above the global average of 33 times.

Professor Adam Winstock, founder of the survey said: “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.”

The latest report is based on the data from 123,814 people from over 30 countries, reported that as many as 60 per cent said they opted clubbing four or more times a year.

Of the respondents, 59 per cent were male, the mean age was 29 years.

Indians felt to reduce their alcohol intake than any other country and also wanted the help of someone to do so.

According to the GDS, 51 per cent of the respondents wanted to ‘drink less’ in the following year and 41 per cent ‘wanted support to do so’ – the highest percentage than any other country which participated in the survey.

The latest findings were released amid an overall downward trend in drinking levels in the UK.