Boozy Brits sink 37 bottles of whiskey a year

November 14th, 2007 - 2:42 am ICT by admin  
According to the Daily Mail, the United Kingdom is one of the few countries in the European Union where alcohol consumption is on the rise.

Quoting from a study of the nation’s health, the paper found that an increasing number of young women are dying from chronic liver disease. It was also discovered that British adults now drink the equivalent of 11.4 litres of pure alcohol every year.

This works out at 189 bottles of wine (nine per cent proof), 37 bottles of whisky (40 per cent proof) or 1,137 pints of beer (3.5 per cent). It is also equivalent to more than three pints of beer or half a bottle of wine every day.

Some 18 per cent of adult men and eight per cent of women are now categorised as binge drinkers.

The damning statistics are contained in a survey published by the Department of Health, which also shows a continuing North-South divide in England. Life expectancy for both men and women in the North-East and the North-West is around two and a half years less than for those in the South-East and South-West. And the proportion of men in the North-East who describe their health as “not good” is almost double that in the South-East.

The survey, the Health Profile of England, also confirms that the country has the biggest obesity problem in the EU and the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Western Europe. However, life expectancy is higher than ever. Infant mortality and deaths from cancer, heart disease and stroke are all falling - although the rates are still poor by European standards.

Frank Soodeen, of Alcohol Concern, said the report was worrying because it showed many Britons were relying heavily on drink just to get them through the week.

He said: “Over the last couple of decades there’s been a discernible shift in attitudes to a point where, for many people, alcohol occupies an integral role in how they relax, eat and socialise. The consequence has been the doubling of alcoholrelated deaths as long-term risky drinking manifests itself in greater numbers of chronic diseases.” (ANI)

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