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Brits down two litres of soft drinks a week



Brits consume 322 cans of soft drinks per person a year, the equivalent of just over two 
litres a week, according to research by PureGym.

Our guzzling of the fizzy stuff puts us seventh out of the 26 European countries included.

Consuming the most is Germany, averaging 423 cans (330ml) per person a year, that’s over 2.5 litres a week. Despite topping the list, there is no sugar tax currently in place in Germany and no plans for the immediate future.

Denmark took second place, drinking an average of 378 cans per person annually. Although the country previously enforced both sugar and fat taxes, these were abolished a year later in 2012, due to the lack of health improvements noted, and the loss of revenue for businesses, as Danes began sourcing products from other countries to save money. 

The Czech Republic ranks third for soft drink consumption and like Germany has no sugar tax currently in place. With news sites reporting that the country is instead focusing their efforts on reducing advertising and sales of unhealthy food and drinks in their schools.

Fourth and fifth place goes to Belgium and Bulgaria respectively. Belgium introduced a health tax on soft drinks in 2016, whilst Bulgaria has no tax in force. 

At the other end of the list, the countries with the lowest soft drink consumption rates per person are Greece (47.7 litres a year), Italy (51.2 litres a year) and Lithuania (55.3 litres a year). Greece and Italy both have no sugar tax in place and Lithuania currently has their sugar tax on hold and instead is partnering with companies to reduce sugar in food and drinks.


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