Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Britons drink 84 times their own weight

The typical British adult knocks back more than 84 times their body weight in alcoholic drinks during their lifetime, according to research published today.

The study, which coincides with the launch of an online ‘’Alculator’ allowing Britons to work out how much they drink, found the average adult will consume more than 6,700 litres of alcoholic beverages over the course of their life.

Devised by the Lloydspharmacy chain as part of its Neighbourhood Health Watch programme, the online facility was launched by television star Carol Vorderman at a bar in Birmingham.

The tool allows people to work out their lifetime alcoholic beverage consumption, as well as how much weight they can expect to gain from their favourite tipple over the next 12 months.

Lloydspharmacy estimates that the average adult is consuming an extra 1,000 calories each week from alcohol alone, meaning a sedentary person could put on a pound of weight every three-and-a-half weeks.

The research found that the average Brit drinks around 3.7 pints of lager, or 8.5 large glasses of wine, per week.

Nick Mortimer of Lloydspharmacy said: “Our new tool confronts the extent of alcohol consumption among British adults.

“A worrying number drink much more than the recommended limits and over the course of their lifetime this can have devastating effects on their health.”

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