"The European Union (EU) is the region with the highest alcohol consumption in the world: in 2009, average adult (aged 15+ years) alcohol consumption in the EU was 12.5 litres of pure alcohol – 27g of pure alcohol or nearly three drinks a day, more than double the world average. Although there are many individual country differences, alcohol consumption in the EU as a whole has continued at a stable level over the past decade."


"Introduction," by Lars Møller and Peter Anderson, published in Alcohol in the European Union: Consumption, Harm and Policy Approaches (Copenhagen, Denmark: World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, March 2012), p. 1.