Dutch drink alcohol on 112 days a year, but are not often drunk

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The Dutch drink alcohol on more days a year than most people, according to a new report covering the use of drugs in some 20 countries worldwide.

The Dutch will have a beer or glass of wine on 112 days a year, the French on 132 days and New Zealanders on 120, the online Global Drug Survey, which was filled in by 32,000 people, showed.

When it comes to being drunk, the Dutch report drinking too much on 15.7 days a year. That ranking is headed by Australians, with 26.7 drunk days a year, followed by the Danes and Finns.

The Danes and Finns are also unlikely to be sorry about getting drunk. They regret the over-consumption of alcohol 17% of the time, while the Dutch are sorry almost one in four times they get drunk.

The survey, which received responses from more than 20 countries, including 1,106 from the Netherlands, also noted the impact of Covid, with a slight drop in the use of recreational drugs.

In addition, it said, people reported taking precautions while using drugs socially, such as not sharing joints or pipes.

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