Binge drinking is becoming increasingly popular in Belgium. Statistics from dating site Twoo show that the problem lies mainly with young men – 10% of men between 18 and 20 indicate they drink alcohol just to get drunk.
The Problematic Use of Alcohol
Binge drinking is the consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. According to a survey conducted by the Belgian national radio station MNM, 35% of young adults engage in binge drinking. And that number is growing.
Statistics from dating site Twoo show that men between 18 and 20 are a particularly problematic group – 10% of them drink just for the sake of getting drunk. This percentage is significantly lower for other age groups.
34.6% of men between 18 and 20 can’t even imagine a life without alcohol. However, when it comes to young women, only 18,8% say the same. Similar numbers can be found throughout the other age groups – approximately 1 in 5 people claim they don’t want to live without alcohol.
A quarter of the respondents indicate they consume alcohol to feel less nervous in the presence of a potential partner. The percentage is a bit lower for women (24.3%) than for men (29.2%). But here’s an interesting fact – during the holidays women (14.3%) tend to drink more than men in order to cope with their in-laws, whereas men (15.4%) will hold back on their alcohol consumption to make a better impression on their in-laws.
Nonetheless, women find “liquid courage” extremely unattractive. 62% of women would not go on a second date with someone who turns up drunk. Men are a bit more easy-going in this matter – only 34% thinks turning up drunk is a deal-breaker.
The good news is – no one thinks that drunk driving is “cool”. Could that be a positive outcome of all the campaigns against drinking and driving?