New survey declares Australia as the drunkest country in the world

Australia is officially the DRUNKEST country in the world – as survey finds we get plastered almost twice as much as anyone else on the planet

  • Aussies got drunk almost twice as much compared to the global average
  • Global Drug Survey also revealed Australian drank twice a week on average
  • Australians regret intoxication 24 per cent of occasions, above global average

A new survey has crowned Australians as the heaviest drinkers in the world, with Aussies getting drunk almost twice as many times during Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020.

Australians were among more than 32,000 participants from 22 countries who took part in the Global Drug Survey.

According to the findings unveiled this week, Australians got drunk an average 27 times in 2020, almost double the global average of 15.

 A new survey has declared Australians as the biggest drinkers in the world. Pictured are Sydney race goers on Melbourne Cup Day

Denmark and Sweden were the next biggest drinkers, with the average person getting drunk about 23.8 times a year. 

Australians filled up their beer or wine glass with booze two days per week on average, the survey revealed.

It also found Australians regret their intoxication on 24 per cent of occasions – compared to the 21 per cent global average, with women more likely to regret getting drunk than men.

Researchers believes extending Covid lockdowns contributed to the results

Australians were among more than 32,000 from 22 countries who participated in the Global Drug Survey (pictured, Brisbane race goer enjoying a beer on Melbourne Cup Day)

The Australian arm of the worldwide survey was led by RMIT University researcher Dr Monica Barratt, who believes extensive lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic contributed to Australia’s results.

‘This may have something to do with us being the highest-ranked country for frequency of getting drunk,’ she said.

‘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.’

Kiwis were among the second less likely in the world to overindulge, getting drunk, 10.3 times a year on average, only ahead of Mexico at 8.9 times, but were among the most regretful about the times they did get drunk.

France leads the world for the average number of drinks consumed in a year, enjoying more than 132 glasses of booze, followed by New Zealand on 122, while Australians had 106 drinks per year on average.

Australians drank alcohol two days per week on average in 2020, according to the survey (pictured Western Australians enjoying a beverage)

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