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One in 10 intentionally binge-drink

20th April 2010

Researchers from John Moores University in Liverpool have found that one in ten drinkers set out to "binge drink" on an evening out.

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The study interviewed over 200 people from Liverpool, Manchester and Chester on Friday and Saturday evenings.

10% of respondents said they wanted to consume more than 40 units of alcohol before the night finished.

The researchers carried out breath tests and assessed participants' levels of inebriation by measuring how they walked and talked.

During the interview over half (51%) said they intended to carry on drinking alcohol and half stated that they were already inebriated.

80% of drinkers said they wanted to consume more alcohol before they returned home. 15% of men and 4% of women said they were going to drink over 40 units that evening.

The study found that 20% of men and 21% of women had already consumed over their recommended weekly intake of alcohol.

Professor Mark Bellis, who led the research, said: "The UK has a well-established culture of heavy drinking in nightlife settings."

"Despite this, there is relatively little information available on drunkenness, with laws restricting sales of alcohol to drunk individuals being largely ignored."

He added that imposing policing strategies to ensure people were safe at night was important to protect "public health, yet without reasonable efforts to reduce nightlife alcohol consumption, such measures may simply result in safer environments for drunks."

 

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