Drunk and disorderly: English and Irish women are world's biggest drinkers

English and Irish women are - by a great distance - the biggest binge alcohol drinkers not just in Europe but in the world.

There are ELEVEN times as many women aged 17-30 who binge drink - meaning not drinking just for leisure but drinking far too much in order to get very drunk - than there are in Germany and Italy.

Also, Britain, Ireland and Denmark are the ONLY countries in Europe where consumption of alcohol is RISING.

English women are actually WORSE for binge drinking in England than men - one of the few countries to be like that - whereas English women are at the top of the women's list English men only just make it into their Top 10.

Drunk & disorderly: Women in UK are worst binge drinkers in world

By Roger Dobson, Sophie Goodchild and Marie Woolf

Published: 22 October 2006

Young women in Britain who like getting drunk and fighting are now known as "ladettes."

Women in England and Ireland are officially the world's biggest binge drinkers, according to a unique study of global alcohol consumption.

ONE IN THREE 17- to 30-year-olds is now classed as a heavy drinker, bingeing on four or more drinks in one session at least once a fortnight.

These disturbing figures are 11 times higher than those of Germany and Italy, prompting warnings that record numbers of women face liver damage and premature death unless they curb their alcohol consumption.

The findings are based on a survey of more than 17,000 women and men from 21 countries, including Belgium, France and the United States, in the largest study ever carried out into worldwide drinking habits.

The disclosure will alarm policy-makers struggling to combat Britain's growing drink problem amongst both women and men, which has led to an escalation in anti-social behaviour, lost working hours and long-term health problems, including cancer and heart problems.

Not much has changed since the 18th Century: In 1751, William Hogarth painted this accurate depiction of drunks in London during the height of Britain's "Gin Craze."

A new government advertising campaign will this week highlight how drunkenness puts women at risk of sexual assault. Studies show that more than three-quarters - 81 per cent - of sex attack victims have been drinking before being attacked.

A review by the Association of Chief Police Officers of drug-rape attacks has found that in many cases women had been drinking heavily rather than been targeted by men using date-rape drugs. The Government is considering tighter laws so that even when a woman has consented to sex, men can be prosecuted for rape, if she was drunk at the time.

New Department of Health figures for England and Wales show that more than one in six women aged between 16 and 64 are either addicted to alcohol or suffer health problems as a result of drinking. Nine per cent of women are now classified as binge drinkers, consuming four units or more per session.

The study reveals that excessive drinking has soared in England, but has declined in Germany and France. In Ireland, nearly two-thirds!!! of young women are rated as heavy drinkers. But even though some 26 per cent of British men binge drink, England does not feature at the top of the male heavy drinkers league table. This is dominated by Belgium, Colombia, Ireland (again) and Poland.

Dr Andrew Steptoe, co-author of the report, said heavy drinking was a worldwide problem, but that England and Ireland had high figures compared with mainland Europe.

"Although not all young heavy drinkers end up being heavy drinkers in later life, they are at higher risk later for health problems," said Dr Steptoe, of the department of epidemiology and public health at University College London.

Doctors also blame the drinks industry for deliberately targeting women with female-friendly drinks and décor. They want ministers to exercise more control instead of allowing the industry to self-regulate.

England (and Wales), Scotland and Ireland are the only countries in western Europe, apart from Denmark, where alcohol consumption is rising.

Additional reporting by Jonathan Owen
Last edited by Blackleaf; Oct 22nd, 2006 at 01:04 PM..
They only do it because British men and Irish men are so damn ugly....

Have you seen British and Irish women lately?

"Bulldog chewing a wasp" comes to mind.

oh j/k
I easily outdrank an English friend Friday night.
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I easily outdrank an English friend Friday night.

Male or female?
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Male or female?

Female. The males were buying the drinks....

My English friend slept at my place until 5 oclock last night, while I was up at 9am too
Yeah, but as my old physics teacher would say "it's all about body-blood level's me dear!", she probably has a lower tollerance due to having less blood in her system for whatever reason.

Trust me, SOME English women can drink...it's a ladette culture, they all do, some of em are worse than men.
The wimmen in Kanadar is pretty tame by comparison eh!!

Hard to find a good drunken tart when ya needs one eh wot!!

Only in Canada you say.............pity


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