Britain on top slot in boozing , cigarettee deaths

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London, Oct 23 (UNI) British people drink more alcohol and have a greater chance of dying from smoking than the average European, according to new figures of the country's health department.

Compared to the rest of Europe, Britons eat less fruit and vegetable and is the fattest nation among the 15 original European Union (EU) member states.

The country also holds the record for the highest teenage pregnancy rates, while those in the south of England live up to two-and-a-half years more on average than in the north, the Mirror reported.

Life expectancy is at its highest level but strokes and cases of diabetes are rising, the statistics revealed.

The Health Department studied figures prior to 2004 show that the Britons drink the equivalent of 11.37 litres of pure alcohol - 0.42 higher than the EU average and eat an average of 207.4 kg of fruit and vegetable per year, while the EU average is 232.47kg.

Smoking causes 288.6 deaths per 100,000 people in the UK as compared to the EU average of 263.7.

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