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Britons among biggest drinkers with almost double global average consumed

Lithuania tops the chart, with the average person over 15 drinking 18.2 litres of alcohol during 2016.

Britons are some of the biggest drinkers in the world, new figures show.

During 2016, the average person from the United Kingdom drank almost double the global average.

The worldwide level of alcohol consumption in 2016 was 6.4 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15 years or older, according to new figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Lithuania has the highest alcohol consumption in the world (Dominic Lipinski/PA )

But on average, each Briton drank 12.3 litres last year, according to the WHO estimates.

This level of drinking is on a par with people from Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia.

The figures, taken from the WHO’s annual compilation of health statistics for its 194 member states, show that only 11 other countries reported higher alcohol consumption.

These are: Estonia, Ukraine, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, Moldova, Belarus and Lithuania.

Lithuanians were the biggest drinkers, with the average person over 15 drinking 18.2 litres of alcohol during 2016.

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