Booze Britain: How much we really drink

According to BBC Good Food's online survey, the average Brit is drinking alcohol once a week or less. How does your drinking compare?

Booze Britain: How much we really drink

Many of us enjoy an extra drink or two over the festive period, but our recent survey of over 10,000 people reveals that, on average, Brits aren't putting away as many pints as we are sometimes led to believe. In fact, a massive 69% of respondents claim to rarely or never get drunk at all.

So, how do you compare? Find out how your region responded and then use our tool to see where you sit...

How your region ranks


The most regular drinkers were those in the North East and North West, with 61% and 58%, respectively, claiming to drink at least once a week. 16% of people in the same regions claimed to actually get drunk once a week or more.

People in Wales admitted to getting drunk the most of all groups surveyed, with 17% saying they get more than tipsy at least once a week. However, 26% of Welsh respondents admitted they are concerned with the amount of booze they consume.

One in four living in London expressed a concern with the amount they drink, while Scots appeared the most sober in lifestyle, with just 51% claiming to drink at least once a week.

What we're all drinking

WineThe weeknight pint has been surpassed it seems, as 51% of respondents claimed wine as their most regular tipple of choice. Beer was a close second with 44% of votes, while spirits lagged behind with 26%.

Meanwhile, we're saving our cocktails for special occassions as few people claimed to have a favourite. However, 8% of sophisticated sippers hailed the mojito as their mixed beverage of choice, while Pimm's was the second most popular, with 5% of respondents naming it as their cocktail of choice.

Food for thought...

16% of respondents admitted they mislead doctors or other medical professionals regarding the amount they drink. If you suspect you might be drinking too much or want to find advice on drinking responsibly you can find more information on the NHS website.

How much do you drink? Use our tool to see how you compare to our survey respondents.


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