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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU Releases Results From Drinking Poll

BRUSSELS -- Binge drinking across Europe continues to be a problem in Ireland, Britain, Finland and Denmark, according to a European Union survey on alcohol consumption released Wednesday.

The survey, conducted in October and November of last year, found that almost one in five people between the ages of 15 and 24 drink five or more alcoholic beverages in one session, or 19 percent of those asked across the 27-nation bloc, Croatia and northern Cyprus.

EU spokesman Philip Tod said the poll, which surveyed 28,584 people, defined binge drinking as when more than five alcoholic drinks are consumed in one sitting.

The poll found that 34 percent of Irish people questioned saying they "usually" binge drink, followed by Finland, where 27 percent of respondents said they did the same. Britain was third with 24 percent and Denmark fourth with 23 percent.

Much lower levels of alcohol were consumed in Italy and Greece, where only 2 percent of those asked said that they binge drank.

Tod said the survey found that the average of binge drinking was around the same level as the last similar survey, conducted in 2003.

"Although 59 percent of Europeans drink moderately -- one or two drinks at a time -- 10 percent of Europeans usually drink five or more drinks at time," Tod said. "This figure is particularly high among the 15 to 24 age group."