Beer sales have slumped in the UK, but have risen by about 20 per cent around the world.
Worldwide beer drinking has risen by a fifth over the last five years but British drinkers are turning their back on traditional tipples - meaning UK beer consumption has dropped by five per cent.
Bottled beer is proving more popular than draught among British drinkers, and young people are increasingly choosing to drink premium packaged spirits such as Bacardi Breezer and Smirnoff Ice instead of lager or bitter.
The worldwide increase in beer consumption, to 136 billion litres of beer drunk in 2001, has been put down to an increase of 42 per cent in the developing Eastern European market, where drinkers are switching from spirits to beer.
Per person, Britain's average consumption is down five litres a year, with the average adult drinking 95 litres of beer annually.
The Czech Republic tops the table with the average person there consuming 162 litres a year - far ahead of second place Ireland, where the average is 139.
Germany is third on 123, according to the figures from international data company Euromonitor International.