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Survey: British hangovers add up to about a year

Macmillan Cancer Support's survey suggests British drinkers spend about seven hours per month nursing their hangovers.

By Ben Hooper
Survey: British hangovers add up to about a year
A row of wine bottles at a liquor store. (UPI/Billie Jean Shaw)

LONDON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The average alcohol-consuming Briton spends nearly a year of their life -- 315 days -- with a hangover, a charity's survey indicates.

Macmillan Cancer Support said the Onepoll survey of 2,000 people, conducted July 24-Aug. 6, suggests the average Briton spends at least seven hours each month with a hangover, while 7 percent of those polled are projected to have approximately 3,024 hangovers in their lifetimes.

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The charity said it took the average number of hours respondents spent hung over each month and multiplied it by the average lifespan -- starting at 18, the legal drinking age in Britain -- to calculate that an average Briton spends 315 days of their life, nearly a year, feeling the ill after-effects of a drunken night.

The survey also found 10 percent of respondents had missed a job interview and 8 percent had missed a wedding because they were too hungover to properly function.

"This research shows hangovers are a waste of time and are causing people to miss out on everything from romance to their dream job. That's why we're asking people to sign up for Macmillan's Go Sober fundraising event, abstain from drinking alcohol for the month of October and ask family and friends to sponsor them. The money raised will provide vital funds to support people affected by cancer so they don't have to face it alone," said Hannah Redmond, head of national events marketing for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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