Britons' annual beer consumption amounts to 15,837,785,877 pints (90 million hectoliters/2.4 billion gallons) a year, though around half of it is unreported by users. About half of the beer consumed in the UK is now drunk in pubs.
The average British drinker sinks 1,100 pints of beer each year, according to data from 2011. The average drinker in the UK has 15-and-a-half litres of pure alcohol a year - the equivalent of 775 pints of beer. Average Americans drank just 9.4 litres of alcohol a year - the same as 470 pints of mild beer or 31 glasses of wine. In Russia, the average drinker consumes a staggering 27 litres of pure alcohol a year, and in Moldova 23 litres a year. On average, Russians drink 1,350 pints of beer a year, or 90 bottles of vodka.
In recent UK news, a planned 3p rise in beer duty has been scrapped and replaced by a 1p cut in the price of a pint. The chancellor said the alcohol duty escalator - which adds inflation plus 2% to the price - would be abolished for beer completely. The reduction in the beer price starts from Sunday "and I expect it to be passed on in full to customers", Chancellor George Osborne said. The beer escalator was due to run until 2014-2015.