NEW research by a Burton-based brewing giant has revealed that three in 10 people in the town admit to ‘dodging’ rounds in the pub.
Marston’s found drinkers admit to hiding in toilets, sneaking outside for a cigarette or even leaving the pub completely to get out of having to get some drinks in.
Others owned up to claiming to have forgotten their wallet and drinking slowly as it approaches their turn so someone else gets up to buy the next round.
It also emerged that men are most likely to duck out of a drinks round with 38 per cent of guys admitting they try to get out of their turn compared to just 31 per cent of women.
Gaynor Green, marketing manager for Marston’s Pedigree, said: ‘’There is almost an unwritten rule book when it comes to buying rounds on nights out with friends, and all those who try to avoid their turn are going against it.
“Timing your trips to the toilet or cigarette breaks are all quite crafty ways of getting out of having to put your hand in your pocket.
“But when you are out with friends or work colleagues, it’s important to do the right thing to avoid any rows.
“If you are trying to get out of a round, instead of lying or making up an excuse, just be honest and say money is tight.
“Friends will understand and let you make it up when you have some extra cash, and you get to stay true to yourself instead of having to lie or do all you can to avoid having to go to the bar.
“No-one likes a round dodger, especially when you’re taking time to savour your favourite pint. We’re urging drinkers to stay true to themselves and if there is a round-dodger in your group make sure it isn’t you.”
The study found that while 71 per cent are ‘keen to pay their way’ and chip in when it’s their turn to buy a round, one in five often hang back to avoid parting with any cash.
And almost one in ten admit they won’t ever buy a round.