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Revealed: Cornwall's Christmas Day 'binge drinkers'

Revealed: Cornwall's Christmas Day 'binge drinkers'

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:00am 28th December 2019.

Residents in Cornwall are thought to have drunk through more than two million alcoholic drinks on Christmas Day, according to new research by an alcohol awareness charity. 

In a survey carried out by Drinkware, the average UK man admitted knocking back six drinks on Christmas Day, while women said they get through four-and-a-half.

In Cornwall alone, that would equate to a 2,391,111 drinks, using the most recent population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

If a pint of beer were the universal poison of choice, that would be enough to fill 16,982 bathtubs.

Alternatively, if everybody opted for a medium-sized glass of wine each time they hit the bottle, residents would guzzle down as many litres as the amount of water used to run the average shower for 37 days straight.

Across the South West as a whole, the festivities will see thirsty revellers washing down their Christmas dinners with 23,524,000 drinks – the equivalent of 5.3 Olympic-sized swimming pools of beer.

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"The festive season can be a jolly time for some, and a stressful time for others.

"Whether you face juggling families, work and friends with festive celebrations or whether this time of year is particularly tough for you, there can be a number of triggers that make you feel pressured to drink more than you usually do.

“But drinking more than you’re used to can lead to mistakes, regrets and hangovers. In the long run, it can significantly increase your risk of developing a range of diseases if you’re regularly drinking over the recommended weekly 14 units a week.

“Keeping track of your drinks and staying in control will help you to enjoy everything December has to offer.”

 Elaine Hindal, Chief Executive of Drinkaware

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The poll also found that one in five people feel pressured to drink on Christmas Day, and 13% say they avoid social occasions over the festive period because of the pressure.

Drinkaware recommends drinking water and eating when consuming alcohol, having at least three alcohol-free days a week, and avoiding drinking in rounds.

With New Year's eve just around the corner, it is also warning residents to keep their consumption under control. 

You can find the source data here and here.

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