The Czech Republic, Germany and Poland are among Europe’s biggest beer drinkers, latest figures reveal.
The data, obtained by Euronews to mark International Beer Day on August 4, shows wide disparities across the continent.
Drinkers in the Czech Republic knocked back 146.3 litres per person last year, according to statistics from market research firm Euromonitor.
It’s equivalent to nearly 300 large beers (500ml) per individual.
That’s around five times as much as wine-producing countries like France and Italy, who came bottom of the European countries studied.
There is a broad geographical divide: central and eastern European countries consume more beer and western Europe and Scandinavia less.
The amount of beer consumed has a weak link with death rates from liver cirrhosis, a condition linked to alcohol abuse. There is a stronger correlation if we compare cirrhosis death rates and all alcohol consumed, not just beer.