An international survey shows how many times people from different countries and nations became drunk in 2019.
According to metropol.hu, the first places went to the English and the Scots last year. Based on the Global Drug Survey published on Monday, Scots become drunk 33.8 times a year while the English do so 33.7 times. Australians follow them with 32 times a year. Then come the Danes (31.3) and Finns (30.4). Hungary is only in the 24th place with 15.8 times, which means that the average Hungarian becomes drunk at least
more than once every month.
The research institute’s team led by British psychiatrist Adam Winstock conducted their survey between November and December 2019, and more than 90 thousand people from 25 countries filled out their questionnaire. Therefore, they did not examine the changes brought about by the coronavirus epidemic.
66 pc of those submitting their answers were men while 52 pc were under 25. Interestingly, 16 pc of respondents did not drink at all in 2019.
The global average got drunk 21 times a year.
The definition of getting drunk was to consume as much alcohol that affects one’s physical and mental abilities significantly. For example, they cannot talk fluently or they lose their balance.
As we reported before, in 2019, households spent EUR 117 billion, 0.8 pc of the European Union’s GDP, on alcoholic beverages in the EU. And this sum does not include the alcohol consumed in bars, restaurants, hotels, etc. A Eurostat survey concluded that an average EU household spent 1.6 pc of its expenditure on alcoholic beverages. However, there are significant differences between the member states.
In Hungary, for example, this number is 2.9 pc, almost as high as in Finland or Croatia. As a result,
Hungarian households spent the sixth-highest amount on alcohol in the EU.
Interestingly, Latvians and Estonians are in the first and second places. Their households spend almost five pc on alcohol, which is three times as much as the European average. Moreover, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Croatia preceded Hungary on the list. Furthermore, this rate is the lowest in Greece and Italy, with less than one pc.
Of course, that does not mean that people in the Baltic states drink that much while Italians and Greeks do not. The data probably shows that the latter prefer to drink alcoholic beverages in bars, restaurants, cafés etc. Since Eurostat’s survey is from 2019, when there was no epidemic, this makes sense.