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The top 10 countries that spend the most on beer… (yes, obviously we’re up there – but where?)

Not necessarily a figure to be proud of…

WE’RE ALL WELL aware the country has a not-entirely-healthy relationship with drink.

But how does our consumption compare with the rest of the world?

Well, there are obviously a few ways of measuring it — the most reliable being the comparative figures supplied by the OECD.

This is interesting too though: the US website financesonline.com has put together an infographic of the ten countries that spend the most on beer per person per year.

As you can see, Ireland comes in second on the list — just behind those thirsty Australians, and well ahead of our neighbours in the UK…

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Of course, the cost of living is a major factor here.

Just because we spend so much on beer doesn’t necessarily mean we drink the most…

No, we’re sixth on that particular list…

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There are also some interesting stats on the price of beers in different countries…

Most expensive versus least expensive:

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The figures used by the site come from the Numbeo cost of living database and the Kirin Holdings report on global beer consumption (both pretty legit sources).

The latest alcohol consumption figures from the OECD show Ireland is sixth in the group of 34 nations, with the average Irish adult consuming 11.6 litres per year, compared to the OECD average of 9.4.

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