EU world’s booziest drinkers

on 30/03/12 at 8:29 am

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People in Europe drink more alcohol than in any other part of the world, downing the equivalent of 12.5 litres (3.8 gallons) of pure alcohol a year or almost three glasses of wine a day, according to report by the World Health Organisation and the European Commission.

But while the title of world’s heaviest drinkers goes to the European Union as whole, where consumption is almost double the world average, there are also wide variations in drinking levels between sub-regions, as well as big differences in how frequently, where and when people drink.

Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, said Europe’s “dubious honour” of having double the global average alcohol consumption has “clear, recognized health consequences for drinkers, those around them and society.”

In a breakdown of drinking by sub-region, the heaviest drinkers were in central-eastern and eastern Europe – consuming 14.5 litres of pure alcohol per adult per year compared to 12.4 litres in central-western and western Europe, 11.2 litres in southern Europe and 10.4 litres in Nordic countries.

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