Guess where Aussies sit on the list of world's drinkers

Russians and French still ahead: WHO report

Australians sit around the top of the league table as being among the heaviest drinkers in the world, consuming more than 10L of pure alcohol per year, according to global statistics. 

The WHO's Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2018, shows Australians over the age of 15 on average drink 10.6L of pure alcohol each year, approaching double the global average of 6.4L.

Aussies drink more each year than Americans, Canadians and the Japanese, but less than the French, where the average person consumed more than 12L of pure alcohol a year, and the Russians, who drank on average around 11.7L.

In other findings from the report:

  • Binge drinking, or heavy episodic drinking, is seen in more than half of young Australians aged 15-19. This kind of drinking is defined as more than 60g of pure alcohol on at least one occasion at least once a month.
  • Worldwide, almost half