How much alcohol do we really drink? More than we probably think, says study

Have you ever stopped to wonder how much you actually drink?

Well, it turns out that it might be more than you think. A new survey recently conducted in England found that self-reported consumption of alcohol only accounts for about 60 percent of alcohol sales in the country. Does this mean people are purposefully under-reporting how much they drink? The study found that people usually don’t account for how much more they drink on weekends and holidays, including special events like weddings, sports games, and family gatherings — so let’s all just take this moment to remind ourselves that it always “counts,” even when it’s for a special occasion.

The survey was conducted through random telephone calls in England to residents 16 and over. Around 6,000 people were surveyed; they were asked to provide information on their typical drinking habits and how they differ from their weekend, holiday, and special event drinking habits. Other factors that were taken into consideration included age and sex.