It’s hard to resist a drink on summer evenings.
And now a poll has revealed which cities are having the hardest time resisting the temptation — and giving up at least seven drinks a week.
DrinkWell, a retailer of reduced-calorie alcohol, surveyed Britons about their summer drinking habits.
They found that 38 percent of respondents had at least two alcoholic beverages every night during the six-week summer vacation.
This would suggest that almost four in ten Brits are exceeding the recommended units per week.
Two large wines or two high-alcohol pints is six units, so 42 units per week — significantly more than the recommended 14.
A staggering 80 per cent of Brits aged 18-25 drink at least one drink every day.
Almost half (49 percent) of 55 to 64 year olds do this.
Two-thirds of beer drinkers admit to drinking at least one cold bottle every night, and a quarter (24 percent) drink more than five beers a day.
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If you look at what percentage of people drink at least one drink each night, Bristol tops the list with a whopping 81 percent.
London was second (75 percent) and Manchester a close third (74 percent).
The Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh were further down the list. But those in Liverpool and Belfast were the least likely to have a drink every night.
However, at least half do.
The full list is:
- Bristol – 81%
- London – 75%
- Manchester – 74%
- Cardiff – 68%
- Norwich – 66%
- Birmingham – 63%
- Southampton – 63%
- Leeds – 62%
- Newcastle – 62%
- Nottingham – 62%
- Sheffield – 61%
- Glasgow – 59%
- Edinburgh – 59%
- Liverpool – 52%
- Belfast – 52%
DrinkWell warned that summer drinking habits can lead to weight gain because they’re empty calories — meaning there’s no nutritional value.
More than a fifth of those surveyed (23 percent) stated that they always put on weight in summer.
Almost half of home drinkers said wine is their favorite drink, which is both high in calories and high in sugar.
A small glass of wine has between 90 and 100 calories and a bottle (750ml) contains six servings (125ml).
Meanwhile, “beer belly” is no joke. The carbs and calories in pints aren’t doing anything for the waistline.
In general, a pint of one of Britain’s most popular lagers is around 230 calories.
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Commenting on the findings, nutritionist Katie Chaplin said, “It’s so easy to reduce calorie expenditure by making simple adjustments and understanding calorie intake vs. calorie intake.”
“And yes, you can still enjoy eating good food and alcohol.
“There are so many options these days that drinking high sugar options should be a thing of the past.”
She said switching to a low-calorie wine could save 172 calories per tall glass.
Tom Bell, Founder of DrinkWell, said: “What a lot of people don’t reveal is that you can still enjoy alcohol, including wine and beer, without worrying about the calories.”
“We all understand that it’s a good idea to watch our alcohol consumption and that we should limit the amount of sugar in our diet as much as possible.
“However, when it comes to the calories in alcoholic beverages, we find that alcohol itself is often mistakenly blamed for caloric intake, even though much of it is caused by sugar.”