The average Brit spends £40k buying beers for mates

May 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The average Brit spends £39,480 in a lifetime — getting beers in for their mates, it has been revealed.

Each drinker can expect to shell out around £840 a year on drinks for their friends, partners and work colleagues.

That means as a nation the UK population will spend £30 billion-a-year on round buying, according to the survey of 2,000 respondents by www.OnePoll.com.

It also emerged the typical Brit goes out socialising to bars, pubs and restaurants three times a month – despite the current financial climate.

And each time can expect to dig deep to the tune of over £13 on one round alone, and on average will buy 1.8 rounds in an evening out, totalling £23 – monthly that figure tops £70.

But this could be a moderate figure especially for the male drinkers out there.

The survey revealed that nearly a quarter of men go out twice a week, and buy rounds in groups of five – which equates to an intoxicating £200 a month.

A OnePoll spokesman said: ”Buying rounds is a way of life in Britain and these results show us to be a very generous nation.

”The cost of buying a round soon adds up and over their lifetime it amounts to a sizeable piece of their disposable income.”

The survey also revealed round dodging is the biggest sin amongst round buyers.

Seventy per cent of people said it really annoyed them when somebody orders more expensive drinks once they have got their round out of the way.

While two-thirds of drinkers said that they always end up buying drinks for people they don’t really know.

And the Irish appear to be the most generous when it comes to buying the drinks with the average round costing over £17.

At the other end of the scale getting a round in in Newcastle won’t dent your pocket as heavily – with one round coming in at just £12.80.

* The figures were calculated on a span of 47 years from the ages of 18 to 65.

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