A Third of Vegetarians Secretly Eat Meat When They’re Drunk, According to New Poll

10/09/2015 at 11:18 AM ET

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The secret’s out of the bag.

A new poll conducted by the British website VoucherCodesPro found that a third of vegetarians (roughly 37 percent) secretly eat the flesh of animals — otherwise known as delicious, delicious meat — after having a few too many drinks.

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The transgressive snack of choice for the 1,789 vegetarians questioned? Bacon. (This comes as no surprise.) Twenty-seven percent of vegetarians who eat meat when drunk go for the crispy pork, while 19 percent seek out fried chicken and 14 percent crave sausage.

George Charles, founder of the site that conducted the study, says we should all support our vegetarian friends and help them resist their carnal urges.

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“I know a few ‘vegetarians’ who sometimes crave meat, but it seems that a few are giving into their cravings when drunk,” Charles told The Independent. “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.”

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Or we could just encourage our vegetarian friends to always eat tasty meats?

—Maria Yagoda

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Follow Your Bliss on

Haha I am a vegetarian this is a classic haha

julie on

And that 1/3 is just the lesbians.

Bijoux on

Have no idea what the H @Julie is on about with respect to lesbians – but I’ve been a vegetarian for literally 30+ years and I have never had any impulse or craving to eat meat and never have……I think this is weird, because it’s not as though I don’t drink!

gdburts on

i know a lot of women who crave sausage when they drink to much

Megan on

I KNEW IT !!! lolzzzz

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Janie on

Been a vegetarian for over 20 years. Don’t get the urge to eat meat sober or after a glass or two.

Tom H. on

This study reflects a Eurocentric bias against vegeterianism–a bias based on the assumption that it is merely a lifestyle choice not undergirded by moral conviction. There are millions of vegetarians in Asia who forego meat for religious religions. Most of them are not cheating by eating bacon.

Veg. on

Worst article ever. The author should keep her comments about vegetarianism to herself since she is clearly uneducated about the horrors of factory farming; which has become increasingly more horrible because of people like herself that are obsessed with eating animals.

AB on

This is not a legitimate study. The original article does not link back to a cited source of information. It links back to a coupon code site. Mainstream media needs to verify the legitimacy of the information they are reprinting/reissuing.

janscholl on

I have been a vegetarian for almost 40 years. Never once, even when drunk or angry or starving, have I ever ate an animal. Never wanted to, never thought about it. The smell of bacon makes me vomit. I have to leave the restaurant or home or kitchen. Pigs are far more intelligent than whoever came up with this dumb article.

Bem on

I thought alcohol was not vegan.

mic on

well i do eat something similar to the photo, a flame-grilled veggie burger-drunk or sober meat is a no go

Rebeccah on

Lol I doubt this is accurate. Most vegetarians I know, including myself, are pretty health-conscious. I don’t even drink a drop of alcohol but even if I did, meat still wouldn’t be a part of my diet. I don’t even know that many vegetarians who drink alcohol at all.

stephanie on

And a third of meat eaters secretly eat vegetarian when they are drunk. For the record? ANY “vegetarian” who “secretly” eats meat for any reason – drunk or not – is not a vegetarian to begin with. Being drunk is no excuse for doing something you would not do while sober. Period.

No meat athlete on

I get more vegan as I drink, and in doing so start conversations about animal agriculture’s environmental destruction and about how my health has improved since going vegan and the unnecessary evil that is animal slaughter.

Stephanie on

Ha Ha A farm with 2,500 cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people. That’s funny, is it not? Oh I thought while we were being ignorant here……

Christina on

I am not a vegetarian, I love meat but if you are a vegetarian and then you eat meat doesn’t it give you really bad stomach problems? Talk about making a hangover worse, yikes!

Bill Vargus on

I guess the author thinks her jokes are cute, but they show ignorance. Meat may be tasty, but there are millions of people worldwide who have given up their selfish gratification in order to keep animals from being tortured and slaughtered. And the whole article is based on a study by a site that describes itself as ” a new kind of money saving website.”

Maggie on

I don’t know why this came up on my newsfeed but I wish it hadn’t. I am not a vegetarian but I try to limit my animal product intake to 2 meals per week because I educated myself on the health benefits and environmental benefits of reduced animal product intake (not to mention moral). This article shows blatant ignorance and disregard for the reason vegetarians have chosen their lifestyle and implies that they are ridiculous for doing so. This type of content keeps our world unhealthy and destroys progress.

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