A World Health Organisation (WHO) report has been released which details the levels of alcohol consumption across the world, revealing an interesting order of countries in the top-ten heaviest drinkers.
All of the countries topping the list are in Europe, according to the "Global status report on alcohol and health 2014."
Belarus, in eastern Europe, proved to be the world's biggest lovers of alcohol, downing 17.5 litres of beverages on average per year.
Surprisingly, the United Kingdom and Ireland do not make the top ten. The report revealed that Britons over 15 years old drink 11.6 litres on average every year, making it joint 17th with Slovenia.
Australia and Canada also failed to meet the top 10 but maintain high levels of drinking at 12.2 and 10.2 litres a year respectively.
The global average figure is 6.2 litres of pure alcohol per person every year, taking into account that the majority of the world's population (61.7%) does not drink at all.
"More needs to be done to protect populations from the negative health consequences of alcohol consumption," said Dr Oleg Chestnov, WHO assistant director-general for non-communicable diseases and mental health.
"The report clearly shows that there is no room for complacency when it comes to reducing the harmful use of alcohol."
Dr Shekhar Saxena, director for mental health and substance abuse at WHO, said: "We found that worldwide about 16 per cent of drinkers engage in heavy episodic drinking - often referred to as 'binge-drinking' - which is the most harmful to health.
"Lower-income groups are more affected by the social and health consequences of alcohol. They often lack quality health care and are less protected by functional family or community networks."
Scroll below to see which countries made the top 10 heaviest-drinkers.
10th: Portugal - 12.9 litres
Czech Republic - 13 litres
Slovakia - 13 litres
8th: Hungary - 13.3 litres
7th: Andorra - 13.8 litres
6th: Ukraine - 13.9 litres
5th: Romania - 14.4 litres
4th: Russia - 15.1 litres
3rd: Lithuania - 15.4 litres
2nd: Moldova - 16.8 litres
1st: Belarus - 17.5 litres
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