Moscow (Agencies): Moldova is the world leader in alcohol consumption, claims World Health Organisation. It said that people of Moldova, an eastern European nation, drink more alcohol per head than citizens of any other nation.

The average Moldovan citizen consumes 18.22 litres of alcohol yearly, three times more than the global average of 6.1 litres, according to WHO's Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health.

The WHO also added that Moldova, Israel, Croatia and Ukraine have special provisions in their state budgets for the treatment of alcoholism.

The topmost heaviest drinking nations include the Czech Republic with an annual per capita alcohol consumption of 16.45 litres, Hungary (16.27 litres), Russia (15.76 litres), Ukraine (15.6 litres), Estonia (15.57 litres), Andorra (15.48 litres), Romania (15.3 litres), Slovenia (15.19 litres), Belarus (15.13 litres) and Britain (13.37 litres).

The report also mentions, "Globally, 6.2 percent of all male deaths are related to alcohol, compared to 1.1 percent of female deaths."