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Britain is the ‘binge-drinking capital of Europe

Britain is the binge-drinking capitol of Europe, with 12 per cent of the population admitting they have up to ten drinks in a single night out, according to new research.

7:00AM BST 22 Apr 2010.

A Europe-wide study found that although the British are not the EU’s most regular drinkers – only consuming alcohol an average of four times a week – they drink the most at one sitting. The findings expose the failure of 24-hour drinking laws, introduced five years ago in the hope of creating a more continental-style café culture.

The research, by pollsters Eurobarometer, found British drinkers consume more in one session than any other of the EU’s 27 nations. Only the Maltese and the Finnish could match the quantity of drink consumed at a single sitting, with one in ten drinking the same quantity as the British. And only two out of ten Britons said they had consumed no alcohol at all in the past 12 months, compared to double that number in Portugal, Italy and Hungary.


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