British revellers drink more alcohol than anyone else in Europe, a survey reveals.
The disturbing findings expose the massive failure of the introduction of 24-hour drinking five years ago.
Ministers predicted new relaxed licensing laws would create a European-style 'cafe culture'. Instead, they turned town centres into no-go areas on Friday and Saturday nights.
The study by pollsters Eurobarometer found that while Britons are not Europe's most frequent drinkers, once we are on a drinking session, we guzzle more alcohol than anyone else.
Some 12 per cent of Britons admitted to downing more than seven drinks in a session. For the purposes of the survey, one drink was defined as a single glass of wine, beer or spirits.
Britain's binge-drinking put it ahead of the likes of Ireland, Finland and Germany, which have all scored highly in previous alcohol studies, while in Bulgaria, Greece and Austria, not one person admitted drinking more than seven drinks in a single session.
Only 20 per cent of Britons said they had consumed no alcohol in the past 12 months, compared to double that figure in Portugal, Italy and Hungary.
A Eurobarometer spokesman added: 'Europe is the region with the highest per capita alcohol consumption in the world, and Britain tops the league for the largest volumes drunk in single sessions.'
Home Office figures show crime and disorder caused by binge drinking costs the taxpayer between £8billion and £13billion a year.
Home Office Minister Alan Campbell announced this month that pub owners who offered 'all you can drink' promotions could be jailed under laws designed to curb binge drinking.
From July, pubs and bars will be forced to offer smaller drinking measures so customers can choose to drink less.
And they will have to ask anyone who looks younger than 18 for identification before selling them alcohol.
Half of Britons said they drank 'three or four times' a week, compared with 60 per cent of Italians, who said they drank up to two glasses every day of the week.
The European average is between one and three times a week.
2010-04-23 20:46 编辑：kuaileyingyu
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