Lithuania is the country with the highest per capita consumption of alcohol in the EU. According to data from the World Health Organization, Lithuanians consumed 2.6 alcoholic drinks on average per day in 2014 which is a staggering 15.19 litres of pure alcohol per year. This year, Lithuania’s government addressed the issue by proposing new policies to be introduced by January 2018 including a ban on alcohol advertising and increasing the legal age for buying and consuming from 18 to 20.
Luxembourg, Germany, Ireland, Poland and the UK are nearly on a par with each other when it comes to the number of drinks per day: almost two alcoholic beverages is the average. And despite its long-standing pub culture, the UK only brings up the rear among the countries compared with ‘a mere’ 10.7 litres of pure alcohol consumed per capita in 2014.
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