2021.09.23 16:51

Lithuania among leaders in cutting alcohol consumption – WHO

Erika Alonderytė, BNS2021.09.23 16:51

Lithuania is among the top five countries that have effected the biggest reduction in alcohol consumption over five years, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Lithuania cut alcohol consumption by 17 percent between 2015 and 2019, or almost by three liters per person, said Renaldas Čiužas, director of the Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department.

“According to the data we have, the change is positive, and this change makes us think that we are moving in a good direction,” Čiužas told a news conference.

“But Lithuania still has room for improvement, because we are still [consuming] two liters above the EU average,” he added.

Lithuanians consumed around 15.4 liters of pure alcohol per person in 2015 and 12.8 liters in 2019, 35 percent more than the EU average.

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