Surprisingly, the UK Isn't in the World's Top 10 Heaviest Drinking Countries

By Gerald Lynch on at

But we're still some of the heaviest drinkers in the world, according to a new report from the World Health Organisation.

The average Brit aged over 15 years old necks around 11.6 litres of pure alcohol a year, according to the Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2014. Compare that to the 17.5 litres drank by the hard-partying population of Belarus, who top the drinking tables, and the relatively-conservative 9.2 litres drunk by citizens of the United States. On average, people around the globe drink 6.2 litres of pure alcohol annually.

Measuring consumption between 2008 and 2010, the report also found that 3.3 million deaths worldwide could be directly attributed to alcohol abuse, despite the fact that less than half the world's population (38.3 per cent) even drink booze.

The top 10 heaviest drinking nations are all found in Europe. They are:

1. Belarus – 17.5 litres

2. Republic of Moldova – 16.8 litres

3. Lithuania – 15.4 litres

4. Russian Federation – 15.1 litres

5. Romania – 14.4 litres

6. Ukraine – 13.9 litres

7. Andorra – 13.8 litres

8. Hungary – 13.3 litres

9. Czech Republic and Slovakia – 13 litres

10. Portugal – 12.9 litres

[WHO via Independent]

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