Latest survey conducted by a money-saving website revealed that one in three people in the United Kingdom who call themselves vegetarians commits the ultimate dietary sin when they get drunk.
These rule-breakers eat meat when inebriated.
Out of the 1,789 respondents interviewed by Voucher Codes Pro, 39 percent said that they commonly ate kebab meat while 34 percent chose to consume beef burgers. Meanwhile, 27 percent of the respondents opted for bacon, 19 percent devoured fried chicken and 14 percent ate pork sausages.
Over 63 percent of the respondents stood firm in their conviction not to eat meat no matter how drunk they get. Those who were guilty of eating meat said that they committed it in various ways, with 34 percent admitting that they ate meat when they get drunk on a night out. Almost 26 percent replied that they ate meat fairly often, 22 percent said they only did it rarely, and 18 percent answered that it happened occasionally.
However, roughly 69 percent of these vegetarians admitted that they did not tell anyone after they had eaten meat.
Researchers learned that the average amount spent on meat by vegetarians when drunk was £4.80 or around $7.
"I think it's important for friends of these 'vegetarians' to support them when drunk and urge them not to eat meat as I'm sure they regret it the next day," said Voucher Codes Pro founder George Charles.
In 2014, a study conducted by the Humane Research Council found that only one in five new vegetarians in the United States actually stick with their newfound diet.
Researchers discovered that out of 11,000 adults they surveyed, two percent were currently vegetarians, 10 percent had abandoned the diet and 88 percent have never really given up meat.
Former vegetarians said that they didn't like standing out in a crowd just because they didn't eat, the study said. Some were unable to interact with like-minded dieters. Others didn't see the diet as part of their identity.
Nutritionist Lisa Young meanwhile suggested that those who want to become vegetarians should start by eating smaller portions of pork or chicken, then cutting out all meat and dairy for a month until they get used to it.
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