European drinking

I frequently hear the suggestion that Americans could reduce alcohol related problems by adopting European attitudes toward alcohol.

Unfortunately, it just isn’t so:

Liver disease is the main health burden attributable to alcohol and Europe has the highest rate of alcohol consumption in the world (11 litres of pure alcohol per adult per year). One in fifteen adults suffers from serious health conditions because of alcohol consumption – making it the third largest cause of early death and illness after tobacco and high blood pressure. One in seven European adults (aged 15 or over) consume more than 35cl of alcohol/week (men) or 18cl of alcohol/week (women) on average and over one in five report a heavy drinking episode (44cl of alcohol/week) at least once a week.