Study Confirms Extreme Alcohol Consumption in UK Nightlife

A new study confirms that extreme drinking is a major issue in UK nightlife. Mark Bellis from Liverpool John Moores University and other researchers interviewed and breath-tested 214 people in the city centers of Chester, Liverpool, and Manchester, finding that one in ten people planned to drink more than 40 units of alcohol while out.

The study, published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, also found that people at bars or restaurants with extended hours had the most extreme drinking intentions.

Bellis acknowledged that the UK is known for heavy drinking in nightlife settings, but that there is little information available on drunkenness and that too many intoxicated people are still served alcohol after they should have been cut off. He explained that using new techniques, he and his team examined how much people drank during the interview and how much more they planned to drink before going home. With blood-alcohol concentration, this helps examine extreme levels of drinking without exposing researchers to intoxicated participants who can’t remember how much they drank.

A little over half of the people who said they felt drunk when being interviewed said they planned to continue drinking that night. When informed about their blood-alcohol level, participants became more inclined to drink than to reduce their consumption.

Bellis noted that some bars in the UK have attempted to use commercial use of breathalyzers to encourage people to drink more, and warned of the danger of this helping to further increase excessive drinking.

Source: Science Daily, One in Ten Drinkers Plan on Consuming More Than 40 Units of Alcohol in a Single Evening, April 21, 2010.

Posted on April 19th, 2010
Posted in Binge Drinking

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