British people are the biggest consumers of drugs on the internet, according to the 2014 Global Drugs Survey, which includes nicotine, caffeinated drinks and alcohol in its definition of drugs.
The online survey received almost 80,000 responses from people in 18 countries. It was carried out in November and December of last year, and published earlier this week.
Looking at countries with over 1,500 respondents, 22.1 percent of British respondents said they had bought drugs on the internet, the largest proportion by country. Denmark was close behind, with 19.9 percent of Danes using the internet for drug purchases. Meanwhile, respondents in New Zealand had the smallest proportion of online drug purchases at 4 percent.
Among countries which sourced between 600 and 1,500 respondents Scotland had the highest percent of those using the internet to buy drugs at 20.5 percent.
Booze still the go-to drug
Generally, alcohol was by far the most popular drug of choice, with 90.8 percent of respondents saying they had consumed alcohol over the past year. This was followed by tobacco at 56.7 percent and cannabis at 48.2 percent. Caffeinated energy drinks were consumed by 45.9 percent of respondents.
23.4 percent of people surveyed had used methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA, over the past year. Shisha tobacco followed at 18.5 percent, then cocaine at 16.4 percent.
Alcohol was also the biggest cause for concern among friends and the main culprit for sending people to the accident and emergency department. Over 2 percent of Irish respondents said they had sought emergency aid in the past year due to alcohol, while 0.7 percent of French drinkers had done so. The global average was around 1 percent.
Turning up to work hungover also proved common among the people surveyed. Over a third of respondents reported doing so, but less than half of these people said they went in coming down from drugs.
The Republic of Ireland was the worst culprit; 50 percent said they had been hungover for work in the past 12 months. The lowest rates were reported in the U.S. and Portugal at less than 25 percent.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands had the highest amount of respondents that admitted to attending work while coming down from the effects of drugs at 25 percent.