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Top 10 countries with the highest alcohol consumption

New data has revealed that Germany, Ireland and Spain consume the most alcohol in terms of litres of pure alcohol per capita.

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All of the top 10 countries were in Europe

A study by investigated the ‘bad habits’ of 50 countries, including alcohol consumption, cigarette usage rates and drug use rates.

Germany topped the list for alcohol consumption, with the country’s drinkers averaging 12.79 litres per person a year. Ireland followed with 12.75 litres, with Spain close behind at 12.67 litres.

Despite its reputation for binge drinking, the UK just scraped into the top 10, with the average Brit consuming 11.45 litres per year. The US featured at 20th place, averaging 9.97 litres.

The highest-placing non-European country was Australia, at 17th place with an average consumption of 10.36 litres.

The countries that consumed the least alcohol were Brunei and Oman, both totalling less than a litre per capita – perhaps unsurprisingly, considering the sale of alcohol is prohibited or severely limited in both countries.

Here are the top 10 countries with the highest alcohol consumption per capita.

  1. Germany (12.79 litres)
  2. Ireland (12.75 litres)
  3. Spain (12.67 litres)
  4. Luxembourg (12.45 litres)
  5. France (12.23 litres)
  6. Slovenia (12.11 litres)
  7. Portugal (12.09 litres)
  8. Austria (11.93 litres)
  9. Poland (11.89 litres)
  10. United Kingdom (11.45 litres)

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that alcohol consumption in Europe was declining in January this year.

Last year it was revealed that California was the US state that consumed the most alcohol.

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