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Research reveals lifetime alcoholic trends amongst UK adults

19th August 2011

A shock poll by leading UK health & wellbeing mutual, Benenden Healthcare Society, reveals that the average Brit will shell out a wallet-busting £58,201 over a lifetime in order to fuel their booze habits.

In liquid terms, the average Brit will down more than 5,800 pints during their adult lifetime, as well as glugging 8,700 glasses of wine and 2,900 bottles of cider - translating to around 456 drinks a year, costing £962.

But along the way, they’ll suffer from 726 hangovers.

Lawrence Christensen, Head of Communications & Strategy at Benenden Healthcare, said: ‘Day by day, we may not notice our drinking habits and may not think about what it’s costing us. But add it all up and the amounts become quite staggering.

‘Recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption are 3-4 units per day in men, equating to around a pint and a half of 4% strength beer, and 2-3 units in women - a single 175 ml glass of 13% strength wine for women.

‘This means that by getting through 456 drinks a year on average, many Brits are sailing perilously close to the wind and, in many cases, most likely exceeding guidelines.

‘The yearly financial cost of this level of consumption also gives pause for thought, with £962 a year being no small sum for many families in the UK.

‘Benenden Healthcare wishes to draw attention to these levels of alcohol consumption, which not only pose a medical risk but a lifestyle risk in terms of financial cost. With 726 hangovers and being £58,201 out-of-pocket, ‘enjoying a drink’ regularly takes on a new dimension.’

Andrew Meredith, Medical Director at Benenden Hospital, an independent hospital and subsidiary of the Society, said: ‘This survey highlights the dysfunctional relationship many of us have with alcohol. The results can be seen in our town centres every week-end, in A&E departments where alcohol related conditions and injuries are a large part of the workload and the increasing numbers of admissions with alcohol related liver disease.’

The representative study quizzed adults on their drinking habits and attitudes:

Breakdown of results

Average Alcohol consumed 
every month:

Alcohol consumed over average 
adult lifetime of 60.5 years:

Eight pints of beer or lager

12 glasses of wine

Four bottles of cider

Eight shots of spirits

Two cocktails

Two glasses of liquor

Two glasses of champagne

5,808 pints of beer or lager

8,712 glasses of wine

2,904 bottles of cider

5,808 shots of spirits

1,452 cocktails

1,452 glasses of liquor

1,452 glasses of champagne

 

Source for guidelines on alcohol consumption: www.drinkaware.co.uk

The survey of 2,000 Brits aged 18+ was carried out by online market researchers www.OnePoll.com between 28th July and 2nd August 2011.

 

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