The Irish may love their whiskey and Guinness but apparently not as much as they used to. According to statistics compiled by the European Commission, the nation is now 12th on the list of highest-drinking nations in the EU, down from No. 1 in 2000. Lithuania now holds the top spot.
In 2000, the Irish consumed more than 14 liters of alcohol per year. By 2014, that number had fallen to 10.6 liters, placing France, Poland and Germany ahead of Ireland, among others.
Eunan McKinney of Alcohol Action Ireland said that while the news is good for Ireland, Europe is still the world’s heaviest-drinking region, and alcohol consumption in Ireland actually rose 4.8 percent in 2016. “We drink twice as much as global norms, and that, mixed with a cultural normalization that disregards its impact, has fueled our national crisis with alcohol,” McKinney told The Times.
Maybe the Irish are getting their fix elsewhere, like in booze-infused sausages.