Boozy Brits spend a year of their lives hung over
Macmillan Cancer Support estimates people spend 315 days on average with headaches and nausea caused by boozing.
The charity, which is running a Go Sober for October fundraising campaign, surveyed 2,000 British adults and found that one in 14 will have more than 3,000 hangovers in their lifetime.
Macmillan’s spokeswoman Hannah Redmond said, “Hangovers are a waste of time, causing people to miss out on everything from romance to a dream job. That’s why we’re asking people to abstain for October.”
Women’s suffering appears to last longer than men’s – nine hours on average compared to seven hours for men. One in 13 people missed a first date because of drinking too much and one in 10 skipped a job interview.
Over half of those surveyed said the most annoying aspect of being hung over was feeling sick, while more than a quarter said wasting time was the worst.
A hangover also prevented people from doing more useful things with their time. A further 16 percent said they would learn a language, 41 percent said they would exercise more and 13 percent said they would learn a musical instrument.
‘The morning after the night before’ seems to knock some people out entirely, as 8 percent of those surveyed admitted they had missed a wedding because of a hangover, and 6 percent admitted they’d missed a funeral.
The poll also showed a north-south divide in Britain: 22 percent of northerners suffer four or more hangovers a month compared to 15 percent of people in the south.