'Germany top for binge drinking'

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Germans are more likely than Britons to binge drink, with 17 per cent believing that "the point of drinking is to get drunk".This compares to eight...

Germans are more likely than Britons to binge drink, with 17 per cent believing that "the point of drinking is to get drunk".

This compares to eight per cent of adults in Britain who responded in the same way, according to a survey of 55,000 European adults by Mintel.

The findings contradict the image of the UK as the binge-drinking capital of Europe, a label which has attracted significant government intervention.

"Although the Germans may not go drinking as often as the British, when they do drink, many want to get drunk," Mintel senior consumer analyst Michelle Strutton said.

"The fact that German adults are seemingly more inclined than the British to get drunk could help ease the British reputation for lavish drinking and an over-indulgent pub culture," she added.

The German Brewers' Association said that binge drinking is confined to a small proportion of German drinkers.

Mintel's findings also indicate that Germany is the number one beer drinking nation in Europe, downing 10 billion litres of beer in 2003, enough to fill 1,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Brits drank 5.8 billion litres of beer in the same period.

However, the British are the most likely to drink beer, with six in ten British adults indicating that they drink beer as compared to a thirsty five in ten Germans drinking almost double the amount of their British counterparts.

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