A "shock" survey has revealed that the average Brit will sink 5,800 pints during a lifetime of hardened drinking, washed down with 8,700 glasses of wine, 2,900 bottles of cider, 5,800 shots of spirits, 1,450 cocktails, 1,450 glasses of liquor and a similar number of glasses of bubbly. The cost of this boozing is £962 a year, …
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£58,201 for 58,00 pints that's almost exactly 10 quid a pint
Shirley shome mishtake ossifer
You forgot about all the wine and other drinks listed.
you missed the cornicopia of other alcoholic refreshments in addition to the 58,000 pints.
It might include police tickets, fines, cost of repairing cars, medical bills from falling down three flights of metal stairs, buying White Castle hamburgers (and the necessary new undergarments resulting therefrom ...)
that is all./
"But add it all up and the amounts become quite staggering..."
Mine's the one with the copy of "The Drunkard's Walk" in the pocket.
Isn't that why....
....the "Pint-Triathlon & Hurl" will be a demonstration sport at London 2012?
Sounds like money well spent
Since the alternative is having to listen to other peoples' boring stories while sober.
It should be noted that the guidlines are made up
The Sheffield study admitted that "four out of five cohort studies showed statistically significant reduction of all causes of mortality between 15 per cent and 25 per cent for moderate drinking". And "moderate" was around three pints of beer a day for men, or two glasses of wine for women, per day.
WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE
I'll drink to that!
What is the comparison cost on food ?
I get annoyed with this sort of shock statistic, it is not meaningful unless compared to the other costs that we have in normal living. So how much does the average Brit spend on: food, fuel, housing, getting divorced, ... ? Unless we have a comparison we cannot judge if it might be excessive!
£962 a year? Bloody lightweights
Another, Sir Henry?
The real shock is...
... that these are average figures. A lot of people drink a lot less than that, meaning that some people must drink a lot more.
Should I be happy that they pay more VAT, or concerned that they exacerbate the NHS bill?
I suggest you stay home and complain about it - I'm off to the pub.
you should remember that it's none of your damn business
the alternative is highter taxes
Like petrol, alcohol is one hardy tax-take for govt. Isn't around 50% of the cost of drink tax?
If all that cash was not being spent on drink, the taxman would slap it on something else.
50%? And the rest....
The rate on spirits is £25.52 per litre of pure alcohol.
So for a 700ml bottle of 40% (typical whisky, vodka, etc), that's £7.15 in tax alone. With one well know retailer selling Value Scotch at £9.97, the tax is 72% of the price.
Like all good mathematicians, I leave the student to work out the rates for other types of alcohol. All the rates are included in http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/budget2011/overview.pdf (p226)
72%? And the rest...
I think you're forgetting about VAT. Of that £9.97, £1.66 is VAT, leaving just £1.16 to be split between the retailer, the manufacturer and the supply chain. This £1.66 includes the actual manufacturing cost of the whisky.
That's Average consumption, right
So, given the number of teetotalers that I know, the rest of us probably need intravenous drips (or should that be pressure pumps?) to keep up the numbers.
I should add that my wife drove me to drink.
God bless her.
'I should add that my wife drove me to drink.'
You lazy bastard. You should be walking to the pub.
So, say 3.5 units a day, this means I can have 24.5 units a week. With one unit equalling about half a pint this means I can safely drink 12 pints when I get home. Or, less safely, drink 12 pints on my way home.
Brilliant. I like these articles. Is there one for pies as well.....?
So in units of alcohol thats...
...somewhere in the region of 42,000 in a lifetime, shall we say? If someone lives until they're 70 and starts at 14 then that's only an average of 2 units a day... did they forget to include Christmas in their study then? Oh... and Scotland.
Pint icon - no need to qualify that really is there?
Average of 2 units a day
which happens to be exactly the recommended amount to improve health outcomes especially prevention of heart disease.
The people considerably above average have more liver problems, those considerably below / teetotal have more heart problems.
"This means that by getting through 456 drinks a year on average, many Brits are sailing three sheets to the wind-"
Fixed that for you.
5800 pints a lifetime? Let's assume drinking lifetimes resemble working ones - 40 years so about 150 pints a year or 3 pints a week. That can't be right. I can't be bothered to do any research but I thought there were fairly reasonable EU stats on alcohol consumed.
As for £1000 a year on booze, that's only £20 a week. Again I can't think of who that would apply to. In London that would cover near teetotallers only! I reckon that barely covers an "average" session let alone a binge. Anyway, if the research is about the health risks then it should be accompanied by the number of curries, kebabs et al consumed! Are boozers more likely to partake of other intoxicating substances such as nicotine, fragrant tobacco, Afghan wholegrain and Bolivian marching powder?
Has this research been sponsored by the brewers association trying to wake national pride and raise the average?
Can we have some Reg SI units based research on this? Typical drinkers for both sexes ranging from Mother Teresa to Paris Hilton for women and the Pope to Oliver Reed for men?
A lot more likely
to buy shit coke, yes. I know of a couple of guys who've got new cars & flats on the strength of drunks buying inert powder with a tiny amount of actual charles in it.
I've been to the pub (aptly named "The Pub" ) where he drank himself to death. They have newspaper clippings of articles about his death stuck on the wall, which is a bit weird.
"when I was a teenager, but I grew out of it." shame you didn't grow out of the whole bragging about your criminal connections and thinking it's clever to know all the drug jargon. It's not as big and clever as you seem to think.
Is Oliver Reed Italian?
No, wait, sorry, wrong joke.
Benedict XVI's is known to favor Franziskaner Weissbeer, a wheat beer brewed in Stuttgart. One assumes that the takes it moderation, but a teetotaler he is not.
At least one unit per day of altar wine - even after transubstantiation still contains alcohol.
Costs are staggering
Like costs for council tax
Like gas bills
Like electricity bills
Like phone contracts
Like commuting costs
Like the mortgage or rent
Like the cost of government warmongering on an international scale
Like bank bailouts
It's enough to drive anyone to drink.
I am sure everyone will at some time work out the cost of their drinking, smoking or preferred habit and come to the conclusion that it's one of the few cost they have control over and is really a small total in the scheme of things, a small price to pay for a little enjoyment in our lives.
To really piss off the moralisers, next time you're in a supermarket; take £10 of beer, £10 of nappies, produce a £10 note at the checkout and have the nappies removed from the bill :-)
Newcastle on Tyne
Shirley denizens of that city will quaff that before going out on the Toon
Don't call me Shirley!
So the new unit of age
would go along the lines of not being 30 years old, but being 17,000 units of alcohol old.
(Assumptions, 9 drinks a week is 18 units, drinking started at 14, no sliding scale applied).
Being a bit long in the tooth and having enjoyed a few tipples during my life, using a sliding scale to correct the weekly intake, I am about 120,000 units old, but there may be some errors in the total due to alcohol related brain cell depletion, where some of the cells have forgotten what they got me to drink.
Re: So the new unit of age
"So the new unit of age would go along the lines of not being 30 years old, but being 17,000 units of alcohol old."
Someone is going to have to collect all the elReg units and publish them in a handy, one page format.
a normal weekend in Glasgow to me...
Why do you even need to do a survey
Surely you just divide the output of the drinks industry by the size of the drinking population.
Unfortunately that wouldn't work
as it fails to take in to account the amount of home brewed beer and wine consumed in this country which never appears in the industry's figures. You can't just add the number of kits sold to the total either as the majority of the beer and wine home brewers I know don't use them.
The figures received would also be skewed by the usual insistance that the demographic range is 18 to an arbitrary upper limit, completely ignoring the fact that many people start younger and not everyone stops drinking, has the same lifespan or the same habits throughout their life.
A survey therefore gives a slightly better picture but then you have to start looking at the target audience asked to provide details and assume that at least 50% of them were lying.
Basically, anything other than "People in the UK drink more than those in most other countries" (which we knew already) is all a load of cobblers really!
Dead drunk ...
So on average most of us should be both:
Numbers don't add up, or don't add up to anything particularly bad.
"The yearly financial cost of this level of consumption also gives pause for thought, with £962 a year being no small sum for many families in the UK."
Surely if the numbers are an average for each person [over 14] then each family will have between 2 and 4.4 drinkers depending on the age of the kiddies. Even taking single parent families into consideration the yearly family boozing cost would be closer to 2 grand than one.
£20 a week is no big thing in context though. I put about twice that much worth of petrol in my car on an average week, I spend far more than that on food and give the government the equivalent of my yearly booze costs in income tax and NI every month.
And the big thing with drinking is that it has definite health benefits. OK if you drink to excess it has health risks, but one study suggests that you would have to drink a bottle of wine a day before the harm outweighs the benefits - OK I know alcohol based studies are all bollocks on some level, but your "3-4 units a week" study is no more valid than my "bottle of wine a day keeps the doctor away" study.
Considering I could get hit by a bus later on tonight...
Drink and be merry! Who seriously wants to live until their 70+? Bleak(er) miserable(r) life...no thanks. It looks like I drink 1500+ pints a year but I assume that's fine though as I don't drink wine or spirits.
Mines the one with the 10 pack of Stella in it...
> Who seriously wants to live until their 70+?
I bet you'd change your mind if you were 69!
Its a drug
and a strong, unsubtle, stupid one at that. I can think of nothing more boring than a night spent with drunk people, if theres no loud music or video to drown them out as they repeat their bullshit over & over again. Give me cokeheads,smackheads anythingheads rather than thick-as-shit drunks. You might not think you're like that - but you are when you're pissed. Also keep out of A & E when pissed please.
I used to drink a lot when I was a teenager, but I grew out of it.
Jeez, who pissed on your chips?
It's perfectly possible to have a good night out without either getting pissed myself OR running into a bunch of annoying drunks. If pissed people bother you that much, just find a pub patronised by more civilised people, such as (undoubtedly) yourself, and let everyone else enjoy their drug of choice.
If by the A&E comment you mean to say you're a doctor who gets annoyed by drunk people at your place of work, I sympathise, but in the end you knew what you were getting into? Or did you think doctoring was all Hugh Laurie in House, or Scrubs?
Shocked and staggered?
Really? Take a small-ish annual figure and sum it over fifty odd years to get a somewhat larger figure ... and that's "staggering"? When I went to school that was called "arithmetic".
Jesus wept. If that's really supposed to shock and stagger the average reader of that press release then that's a more tragic reflection on the state of our education system than the A level results and the Brian Cox effect.
Re: Shocked and staggered?
Next your going to tell me that people who live longer spend an even more staggering amount on booze.
BTW I wonder if the £58,000 figure takes into account tax rises and inflation. I haven't done the maths, but; I wouldn't be surprised if you extrapolated the rising costs of fuel, a tank of diesel would probably work out about that much in my life time (if there is any left when I die). ** okay, done some rough maths and I reckon I'd have to reach 125 - which given the rate of increase in life expectancy, might not be to unrealistic
This is nothing new. Remember these classic lines from P.G. Wodehouse:
"It was my Uncle George who discovered that alcohol was a food well in advance of medical thought."
"I felt so dashed sorry for poor old Corky that I hadn't the heart to touch my breakfast. I told Jeeves to drink it himself."
(These might not be verbatim as I'm going from memory.)
I think this is one of those stats that, as @Some Beggar said, is a smallish annual or daily filter that gets magnified when calculated over the years. You know, like taxation on sports tickets, gasoline, etc. And the more they tax, the more alcohol appeals, so there y'are.
Anyone want mine?
I can't touch the stuff (medical reasons, officer) so does anyone want my ration?
Re: Anyone want mine?
I've had your ration. And that of any other teetotal commentards knocking around. Cheers!