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(NEXSTAR) – Researchers found people were drinking more during the COVID-19 pandemic than before. Despite Americans apparently being a part of that trend, based on the increase in alcohol sales nationwide, a recent global survey found the drunkest country isn’t the U.S.
The Global Drug Survey asked 32,000 people in 22 countries about their substance use in 2020 and found Australians, on average, consumed alcohol to the point of drunkenness nearly 27 times throughout the year. Coming in slightly behind Australia were Denmark and Finland, with respondents from both countries averaging roughly 24 times a year. Rounding out the top five were the United States at 23.1 times and the United Kingdom at 22.5.
At the bottom of the list were Germany and Romania at 10.6, New Zealand at 10.3, and Mexico at 8.9.
For this survey, drunk was defined as “having drunk so much that your physical and mental faculties are impaired to the point where your balance/speech was affected, you were unable to focus clearly on things and that your conversation and behaviours were very obviously different to people who know you.” On average, those surveyed reported being drunk 14.6 times a year, slightly more than once a month.
When asked if they regretted getting drunk, Australians responded, on average, they regretted it about 24% of the time. Irish respondents most often regretted getting drunk, according to the survey. The second drunkest countries, Denmark and Finland, reported the fewest incidents of regretting their drinking. The top reason people regretted getting drunk was drinking too much too quickly at 49% following by “mixed my drinks.”
Just over 1% of those surveyed say they sought medical attention following alcohol usage.
In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers binge drinking (consuming four or more alcoholic beverages per occasion for women or five or more drinks for men) and heavy drinking (consuming eight or more alcoholic beverages per week for women or 15 or more alcoholic beverages per week for men) as excessive drinking.

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Former President Donald Trump called a United States top general a “f—— idiot” Saturday while speaking about the military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
In a video posted to Twitter, Trump is seen criticizing the exit strategy, saying that when he planned the withdrawal, he wanted to secure all American equipment.
NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — All but one of the New Orleans City Council seats are heading to a runoff this Saturday, including District E.
Incumbent Cyndi Nguyen will face off against former city councilman Oliver Thomas. In last month’s primary, Thomas came out on top with 45% of the vote.
“I won two thirds of the precincts in this district, was humbled by their support,” said Thomas.
But Councilwoman Nguyen says she’s delivered on her promises to District E and hopes that her constituents will give her another term.
“Three and a half years is not enough. I need four more years. The revitalization started under my leadership, allow me to finish the job,” said Councilwoman Nguyen.
We asked both candidates what’s on the top of their priority list when it comes to serving the residents of District E.
“The economic development, making sure Lincoln Beach, Six Flags site continues to move forward so that way other commercial sites can capitalize on it,” said Councilwoman Nguyen.
“My job is to fight for them, to put the pride, and to put the excellence in the “E” that means District E. That’s one of my major priorities, keeping people safe and making sure they get the essential services they paid for,” said Thomas.
Thomas does have some stains on his past. He resigned from his city council seat and pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges in 2007. Thomas completed his sentence and says he learned from his mistake and says the voters should trust him.
“I’m just honored that they’ve given me another chance and I want to work hard for their trust and to prove that by putting their faith in me that they didn’t make a mistake. I’m humbled and honored by it,” said Thomas.
Some in District E wish Councilwoman Nguyen had done more during her term, but she says so far, the district has made significant progress.
“We have changed a lot of stuff that wasn’t done. You know again, I inherited 13 years of no progress. As I’m hearing concerns, I’m also addressing it and taking action about it,” said Councilwoman Nguyen.
In less than a week, the voices of District E will be heard on election day, and a decision will be made on who represents the largest geographic area in the city for the next four years.
(The Hill) — President Biden on Friday said he has a cold after sounding hoarse and coughing during remarks on the November jobs report at the White House.
The president, in a raspy voice, said he has taken a test and that he doesn’t have COVID-19.

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