People in the UK are drinking less alcohol, despite an increase in worldwide consumption.
Using World Health Organisation data researchers found UK consumption fell from 12.6 litres of pure alcohol a year per adult in 1990 to 11.4 litres in 2017.
The study, published in the Lancet, predicted the downward trend would continue, falling to 11 litres by 2030.
Meanwhile the survey of drinking patterns in 189 countries between 1990 and 2017 showed that global consumption increased by 70% from 20,999 million litres to 35,676 million litres, with the biggest rises in middle income countries such as China and India.
Jakob Manthey, the study’s author from TU Dresden, Germany, said: “Our study provides a comprehensive overview of the changing landscape in global alcohol exposure.
“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 several middle-income countries such as China, India and Vietnam.