People who live in COLDER climates tend to be heavier drinkers and are more likely to suffer from alcohol-related illness! According to data collected from nearly 200 countries including Canada and the United States, folks who live in places with colder average temperatures and less sunlight are more likely to binge-drink alcohol largely because it helps create heat in the body.
The researchers, who analyzed findings from multiple databases including the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization, also concluded that cold-weather drinkers are more likely to develop alcoholic cirrhosis due to their consumption habits.
In colder remote areas, you’re getting people drinking more just because that’s what people in rural areas do, not because it’s freezing cold. It could be scorching hot and you’d get the same effects. While the study’s findings do shed light on alcohol and its associated risks in certain parts of the world, it’s important to note that binge drinking anywhere, for whatever reason, will harm your health regardless.
In colder countries like Russia or Canada, Stockwell said people can get so drunk they collapse outside and freeze to death, whereas in hot places like Australia, people can pass out in the sun and die of heat exposure.