The United Kingdom leads the ranking of countries with the highest rate of alcoholic population in the world, while Spain or Colombia reflects the lowest percentages of alcohol consumption in their population, according to the survey of the company Global Drug Survey released this Monday.This analysis – done among more than 100,000 people around the world between November and December 2019, before the outbreak of the pandemic – represents the British regions of Scotland and England with alcoholism rates that more than double in terms of binge drinking. serious to countries like Spain, Italy or Portugal.
The Scots and the English say they have gotten seriously drunk until their physical and mental faculties are affected and they have lost their balance and rational speech an average of 33 times a year, which represents the highest rate among the 25 countries analyzed by the independent research company.
Southern Europe has the lowest data on “heavy” drunkenness, led by Portugal, Italy, and Spain, with an average of 14 serious drunkenness per year and a person. Globally, the countries with the lowest alcoholic population rate are located in South America, led by Colombia and Argentina, where an average of 6.5 “heavy” drunkenness is produced annually per person.
The survey has analyzed the international consumption of alcohol and drugs. Alcohol led the way, with 94% of consumers in 2019, followed by cannabis with more than 64% of global consumers and tobacco with 60.8%. While the drug least consumed internationally has been heroin, it is, however, the one that has required the most emergency medical treatment with more than 12% of the world population with medical intervention as a result of its consumption, according to the study.
The data that positions the United Kingdom as the first country in the world with the highest rate of alcoholic population in 2019 is due to a cultural issue, as explained by Adam R. Winstock, founder of the Global Drug Survey in London. The English and Scots see alcohol as a sole form of entertainment and have never adopted moderation when it comes to drinking, according to the analysis.
Many other cultures regard alcohol as an accompaniment to a social event and disapprove of drunkenness in public but we have often embraced it as a cultural identity, Winstock explained in the report. Another survey carried out by the same organization, last year, shows that 48% of the British surveyed claimed to have drunk more since the start of the covid-19 pandemic.Over 5% of those under 25 in the UK have reported seeking hospital treatment after getting drunk compared to a global average of 2%. The Global Drugs Survey has warned of the dangerous problem that alcohol consumption represents in the United Kingdom, greater than that of any other drug