A study has linked lower temperatures and less sunshine with increased boozing. Can it help us combat binge drinking?
The colder and darker the weather, the boozier we become, says a study published in the Journal of Hepatology. Data from more than 190 countries found a strong correlation between lower temperatures and fewer sunshine hours and higher alcohol consumption. With winter on its way and binge-drinking rates in Britain already among the highest in the world, can the research help combat the nation’s problems with drink?
“We can’t change the weather; we can’t all move to Spain, especially in a post-Brexit era,” wrote Dr Peter McCann, co-author of the study and a medical adviser to Castle Craig Hospital, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic in the Scottish Borders. McCann pointed to solutions that have worked well in Nordic countries, such as Iceland, which he says has successfully reduced teenage drinking and substance abuse by increasing participation in sport and other organised activities, and restricting time spent outdoors in the evening.
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