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Aussies Got More Drunk Than Any Other Nation On Earth In 2020

Stewart Perrie

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Aussies Got More Drunk Than Any Other Nation On Earth In 2020

Australians are known for enjoying a tipple every now and then, however apparently it seems that we like it better than anyone else.

A new survey of people who drink alcohol has revealed Australia to be on top of the list when it comes to knocking back a few too many brewskies.

The Global Drug Survey heard from more than 32,000 people from 22 countries about their intake of certain substances.

It revealed that Australians, on average, got drunk 27 times throughout last year, which is considerably higher than the global average of 15.

Having a sesh that many times in a single trip around the sun means you're getting drunk every second weekend, which is understandable if you need a cooling off week before you jump back on the sauce.

Aussies would also knock back an alcoholic drink two days per week, on average.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Denmark and Sweden came in joint second on the list, with citizens in those Nordic countries getting pummelled on the sauce 23.8 times last year.

While it would be easy to point the finger at coronavirus lockdowns seeing Aussies hit the drink the hardest, it looks like the coronavirus pandemic really didn't affect our drinking patterns that much.

RMIT University researcher Dr Monica Barratt said: "This may have something to do with us being the highest-ranked country for frequency of getting drunk.

"Although we can also see drinking cultures play a role, with Nordic, British and North American nations also reporting relative high frequencies of drunken episodes."

Love how a pandemic can't even make us lose our spot on the top of the list.

However, thanks to Newton's third law, being crowned the drunkest people on the planet is probably to blame for us being high on another list.

The Global Drug Survey also asked respondents whether they regret their drinking choices and Australians are definitely above average on that one.

People around the world, on average, regret their drunkenness on 21 per cent of occasions, which is a little lower than Australia's result of 24 per cent. Hate that for us.

Credit: Roman Lacheev / Alamy Stock PhotoCredit: Roman Lacheev / Alamy Stock Photo

This new data comes just after guidelines were updated that made a recommendation for how many drinks you have.

The Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol were released in 2020 by the National Health and Medical Research Council and have since been reviewed in an article in the MJA this week.

The top guideline from the report is that to reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury, healthy men and women should drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than four on one day.

The MJA went on to urge that the less you drink, the lower your risk of harm from alcohol.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Australia

Stewart Perrie
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