Do we drink too much in the UK?

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More than half of all women in the UK now have an alcohol problem according to a new poll which was discussed on ITVs Good Morning Britain on Monday 8th June.

The UK government guidelines suggest that women should not regularly consume more than 2 to 3 units of alcohol daily (2 to 3 small glasses of wine) while the recommended maximum daily intake for men is 3 to 4 (1.5 to 2 pints of beer) units daily.

Do you feel comfortable with the amount of alcohol you consume?  Do you find it easy to comprehend the number of units contained in your weekly intake?

On average, how many units of alcohol do you consume per week?

0 - 5 Units
0%
5 - 10 Units
0%
11 - 15 Units
0%
16 - 20 Units
0%
21 - 25 Units
0%
Over 25 Units
0%
0%
Based on 190 public votes.

Do you think, as a nation, we drink too much?

Yes
0%
No
0%
Not sure
0%
Based on 181 public votes.
Do you enjoy drinking more or less as you get older?  Are you more inclined to drink in the summer or winter, or is your consumption not altered with the seasons?

Feel free to express your views below …

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Hawke008
8th Nov 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
I drink as and when I feel like it, never more than a glass or 3 of red wine during a weekend and an occasional Cognac after a good meal! Enjoy a cold lager during the summer when working in the garden.
As for the 'poll' re alcohol problem can't say I've seen this so don't know how many people were polled or how the questions were phrased, but among circle of friends and acquaintances nobody binge drinks, or drinks to excess.
silverbarnett
16th Oct 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
I know I have been drinking far too much - every night. I love red wine. But now due for a scan to do with livery symptoms.. stopped drinking straight away! After 4 dry nights I can honestly say I am thinking more clearly and have more energy. Not saying it's easy though.
sooz888
11th Oct 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
I have drunk far too much alcohol all my life and never thought I would be able to give it up. This February 6th I did just that and rather than being 'boring & empty' as I'd imagined, my life has never been fuller or more interesting. I am 62 and wish I had taken this step years ago!
Trampas1955
17th Sep 2015
1
Thanks for voting!
Why on earth do people drink? Can they just have a Lemon and lime?
Marley444
7th Aug 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
I do find I drink more in the summer than I do in the winter for some reason ... I like a cheeky glass of wine in the garden when the sun is setting!
nagonthenet
6th Aug 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
Got a nasty mysterious virus, had to have a liver scan - freaked me out. Did not drink more than the occasional glass before then but determined not to drink anything anymore now. White wine gives me eczema anyway and why use your calories on drink when you could be eating cake!
HJR58
25th Jul 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
I enjoy wine. When not on holiday, have a small glass with my dinner each evening. I lost a dear friend to alcoholism and saw at close quarters the effect it and his death had on his family and friends. I think, given the right circumstances it could happen to anyone. Alcohol is relatively cheap and easily available and needs to enjoyed responsibly.
Morag Cleland
9th Jul 2015
1
Thanks for voting!
Pina
23rd Jun 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
I do not drink at all.... having an alcoholic father who was abusive to my mother and us children it put me off for life.
helgahobby
21st Jun 2015
1
Thanks for voting!
I used to drink like a fish, it wasnt a problem, but at the same time I was happy with my lot. Now as I reach my 65th year I dont care for drink as much. It could be because my wife cant hold her alcohol but still drinks till she cant walk properly. I would probably drink more in summer, you know, on the hot balmy nights we get in NI.
murrymint
20th Jun 2015
3
Thanks for voting!
I enjoy drinking with my evening meal and with friends during the week. I do think that according to the guidelines I do drink too much but I don't get hangovers or suffer the next day so I don't see the problem.
seagullperson
20th Jun 2015
1
Thanks for voting!
I probably drink a bit less now that I am older but I know it is still probably too much, especially looking at the guidelines. I really do enjoy wine, white, rose and red.
News_Owl
19th Jun 2015
1
Thanks for voting!
I used to drink a bit more than normal, as it cost a lot less in Africa where I worked. Since returning to Europe I'm amazed at the younger generation's consumption even at the high cost of alcohol.
roysplace
19th Jun 2015
1
Thanks for voting!
Your survey is skewed as it doesn't include 0-5 which would be me!!!
But I couldn't see the results unless I selected a value
0
Thanks for voting!
You are absolutely right roysplace .. thank you for pointing this out. I have added 0-5 now, so if you want to vote in this poll now, please feel free to do so. Many thanks again and have a lovely weekend 🙂 Sally
IZABELLA
7th Nov 2015
-1
Thanks for voting!
i think that 0 should be on its own and then 1 to 5 units which is still too many to drink per week - that would give a proper result
Pete H
10th Jun 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
I do drink less these days as it takes so much longer to recover. Like most things drinking is fine as long as it doesn't get out of control. A few days a week without alcohol has got to be a good thing - although it's sometimes a struggle to achieve!!
Munsterlander
10th Jun 2015
5
Thanks for voting!
Who knows what the real limit is for drinking. Winston Churchill used to drink a bottle of red wine a day and consume vast quantities of port and he lived into his 90s! I have always liked a few pints of ale and will continue to do so. Do I drink too much? yes ...do I enjoy it ...yes! enough said at my age.
Jo Kingham
10th Jun 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
I only drink these days on special occasions - life is too short to waste time with a hangover. Most of my friends drink up to a half bottle of wine a night - perhaps a whole bottle at the weekend. We are definitely a nation of drinkers. My husband has 3 consecutive days a week where he doesn't touch a drop to give his body a rest - he says he feels much better as a result. I think it tends to be the younger generations who over indulge.
Baxi
10th Jun 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
I think the problem with the Brits is binge drinking. I think this culture goes back to the licensing laws when we used to have to finish a drink in 10 mins when last orders were called. These fast drinking habits have then been passed on to our children.

Like Wilf I try not to drink in the week, but sometimes I just like to have a glass 😉 On the other hand I do indulge at the weekend.
Trampas1955
17th Sep 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
Yeah you can't blame the young.
Wilf
9th Jun 2015
4
Thanks for voting!
I do think I drink too much. I try not to drink during the week but always succumb to one or two days with a glass of wine. At the weekends I have probably enjoyed a drink for the best part of 30 years...but thats life and I do enjoy it! I think the Brits do drink to much and youngsters tend to drink spirits these days which I cannot stand and it costs far too much

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