Boozy Brits guess low on rates of drinking

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LONDON — Truth and alcohol may not mix, particularly when people are asked how much they drink.

That’s the implication of a study released Wednesday that reveals a big gap between the booze Britons own up to drinking and the amount of alcohol sold nationwide. The study indicates that people routinely underestimate their alcohol consumption by around 40 percent.

Lead author Sadie Boniface said the unreported alcohol equates to nearly one bottle of wine per British adult per week — an amount she said wasn’t just disappearing.

—Compiled from Associated Press reports