The average drinker in the UK has 15-and-a-half litres of pure alcohol a year – the equivalent of 775 pints of beer.
That’s the same as 500 glasses of strong wine or 1000 shots of whisky or other spirits. Only eastern European countries such as Russia, Croatia and Estonia drink more.
THE 25p/PINT HOME BREW BOOM
Cash-strapped beer lovers are leading a revival in home brewing.
Beer-kit suppliers say drinkers are attracted by the economics – with pints working out at just 25p.
Youngs, the leading supplier of kits, said sales were up 40 per cent in the past year.
Tesco said sales of its kits had risen by 30 per cent. A spokesman for the supermarket said the proportion of people in their twenties and thirties who are buying the kits was up by a third in a decade.
He added : ‘In the past many people were put off making home brew because it was considered a fiddly operation worthy of a laboratory technician.
‘Now, amateur brewers can create their tipple in half the time that it used to take.
‘Price is also an issue. Making beer is cheaper than going to the pub, which has become unaffordable on a regular basis.’
In Russia the average man consumes a 27 litres of pure alcohol a year and in Moldova a staggering 32 litres a year.
Russians drinkers have on average 1350 glasses of beer a year or a staggering 90 bottles of vodka – roughly two a week.
In France the majority of adults drink wine, taking their average consumption to 1490 units a year.That is roughly 500 glasses of wine a year or one-and-a-half a day.
Areas of the map that are coloured green show strict Muslim countries such as Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan where drinking is banned.
There alcohol consumption is less than 25 units a year – or just over 125 pints of beer each year, or two a week.
Although Britain’s overall alcohol consumption was 13th highest in the world behind former Soviet Bloc countries, it drinks the fourth highest amount of beer in the world.
The research was carried out by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which measured alcohol consumption between 2000 and 2005.
Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Assistant Director-General for Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health said: ‘Many countries recognize the serious public health problems caused by the harmful use of alcohol and have taken steps to prevent the health and social burdens and treat those in need of care.
‘But clearly much more needs to be done to reduce the loss of life and suffering associated with harmful alcohol use.’
In Britain, men drank around twice as much as women during the same period.
The average consumption for males as 22 litres of pure alcohol a year compared with just nine and a half litres for women.
But when the figures included people who did not drink the average person drank just 13.4 litres of alcohol a year which is 1340 units of alcohol or 670 pints of beer.
The figures show that the average man in Britain drank 1100 pints of beer or 220 bottles of wine throughout the year. But women drank just 470 pints of beer or 320 glasses of wine.
Adults in the U.S. drank slightly less than Brits, having just 14-and-a-half litres of alcohol – or the equivalent of 720 pints of beer.
One litre of pure alcohol contains 1000 millilitres. There are 10 millilitres in every unit of alcohol. Researchers measured the drinking habits in the pure alcohol content.
The research also revealed which drinks people each country prefer Drinkers in Britain and the U.S. mainly drank beer, in France it was wine and in Russia it was spirits
The research also found that the highest number of alcohol related deaths occurred in Europe and America in those aged between 15 and 29.
Worryingly, in Europe just over 35 per cent of deaths in that age groups were attributed to alcohol.
The county that drank the most was Moldova where people drank on average slightly more than 18 litres of pure alcohol a year. Men drank 3200 units of alcohol a year – or roughly four-and-a-half pints a day.
Countries where people drank the least included parts of the developing world such as Africa and Asia.
But these countries also showed the biggest increase in drinking in line with rapid economic development.
The average worldwide consumption in 2005 was equal to 6.13 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15 years or older, according to the report.
A World Health Organisation spokesman said: ‘Analysis from 2001-2005 showed countries in the WHO Americas, European, Eastern Mediterranean and Western Pacific regions had relatively stable consumption levels during that time; but marked increases were seen in Africa and South-East Asia during the five-year period.
‘Despite widespread consumption, most people do not drink. Almost half of all men and two-thirds of women did not consume alcohol in 2005, according to the latest information made available in the report.
‘Abstention rates are low in high-income, high consumption countries, and higher in North African and South Asian countries. But those who do drink in countries with high abstention rates consume alcohol at high levels.
‘Too few countries use effective policy options to prevent death, disease and injury from alcohol use.
‘From 1999, when WHO first began to report on alcohol policies, at least 34 countries have adopted some type of formal policies to reduce harmful use of alcohol.
‘Restrictions on alcohol marketing and on drink–driving have increased, but there are no clear trends on most preventive measures. Many countries have weak alcohol policies and prevention programmes.’