Moscow (dpa) - Russia known as country hard-drinking drinkers makes massive progress in the fight against alcohol according to a new study by the World Health Organization. Consumption has fallen from 2003 to 2016 by 43 percent, the WHO said. At the same time, life expectancy has increased dramatically. "We are destroying a cliché of Russia here," said WHO expert Carina Ferreira-Borges. Accordingly, Russians drank in 2016 only 11.7 liters of alcohol per capita per year. For comparison: In Germany, the value was 13.4 liters.