Brits slowest to start but longest to last while boozing

Published: Friday, May 2, 2008, 16:36 [IST]


London, May 2 : Looks like Britons are not that much into indulging in a tipple during daytime, for according to a new research, the natives start boozing on average at 6.14 pm. However, they're also the ones who can drink you under the table.

The research stated that the French, Spanish and Poles are quicker than Britons to get to the bar. But the Germans, Russians and Italians are behind them and the Dutch don't turn up until 7.19pm.

Although the French start early, their average drinking session lasts just two hours and 35 minutes, compared with four hours and 23 minutes by the boozy Brits, according to the study.

French drinkers are also most likely to have an early night, with a last drink ordered at 8.33pm. But Germans are Europe's night owls, on average ordering the last round at 10.59pm, the research found.

Saturday night, followed by Friday after work, are Britain's most popular times for enjoying a snifter, while in France Wednesday is the biggest day of the week for boozing.

Nowadays just one in ten Brits has a lunchtime tipple - which social historian Paul Jennings blames on the fact that we work some of the longest hours in Europe.

"We are now tied to our desks for longer. This doesn't just apply to working later. The whole cultural shift away from stopping for lunch is further evidenced by the decrease in lunchtime drinking shown in this report," The Sun quoted Paul, author of The Local: A History Of The English Pub, as saying.

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