BRITONS are drinking less alcohol even though the amount being consumed globally is on the rise, a study reveals.
In less than three decades, UK consumption has decreased by about a tenth — from 12.6 litres per person in 1990 to 11.4 litres in 2017.
It is predicted to drop to 11 litres by 2030, according to a study of alcohol intake in 189 countries published in The Lancet. But campaigners warned that four out of five people with an alcohol problem in the UK were still not getting treatment.
The research measured alcohol consumption per person from World Health Organization data and the Global Burden of Disease study. It showed that between 1990 and 2017 consumption globally increased by 70 per cent to 35,676 million litres.
Study author Jakob Manthey, of Dresden university, Germany, said: ‘Before 1990, most alcohol was consumed in high-income countries, with the highest use levels recorded in Europe.
‘However, this pattern has changed substantially, with large reductions across eastern Europe and vast increases in middle-income countries such as China, India and Vietnam.’
The Alcohol Information Partnership said the study showed more people in the UK are ‘now drinking responsibly than harmfully’.
But Karen Tyrell, of drug and alcohol charity Addaction, said: ‘We know that four per cent of drinkers consume one-third of the alcohol sold.
‘Helping people make healthier choices is vital but all the evidence shows we need a better policy if we are serious about change.’