The average Brit spends one year of their life suffering from a hangover


The average Brit spends more than one year of their life suffering from a hangover. It takes women about two hours longer than men to recover from it.

According to Macmillan Cancer Support, it is estimated that people spend an average of 315 days during their lifetime battling with nausea and headache caused by drinking too much alcohol.

People located in the north of the country are more likely to suffer a hangover, with 22% experiencing around four per month, compared to 15% of those based in the south.

There is also a difference between the genders, with women’s hangovers lasting around nine hours, compared to seven hours for men.

Macmillan is getting ready to run a Go Sober for October campaign for fundraising and the group made use of 2000 British adults in their survey. The results indicated that one in 14 will suffer in excess of 3000 hangovers during their lifetime.

To calculate their figures, they multiplied the average amount of time spent hung over each month with the life expectancy of the participant.

The survey indicated that one in every 13 participants had missed a first date because they were hung over. One in ten stated that they missed a job interview after imbibing the previous night.

The head of national events marketing at Macmillan Cancer Support, Hannah Redmond, said the research indicates that hangovers waste a lot of time and cause people to miss out on romantic liaisons and dream jobs.

She said this is the reason why they are imploring people to sign up for the Go Sober fundraising event, abstain from alcohol consumption for the entire month of October, and encourage friends and family to offer sponsorship. The money that is raised during this campaign will be used to support those who have been affected by cancer so that they do not have to face the disease on their own.

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