You’ll never guess which countries consume the most alcohol

2014-05-13 16:05

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Cape Town - It turns out that Russia and its neighbours drink more than almost everyone else in the world.

This comes after the World Health Organisation conducted a study on alcohol consumption.
According to Business Insider, the recent study reveals that alcohol consumption varies across the globe.

Portugal, Grenada, and Andorra are also ranked in the highest category at more than 12.5 liters per person over the age of 15 in 2010.

Africa and alcohol

Alcohol consumption is low in northern Africa, but the southern half of the continent sees higher drinking rates, especially South Africa and Namibia.

How the report was conducted

To determine which countries have the riskiest drinking patterns, WHO considers the usual quantity of alcohol consumed per occasion, proportion of drinking events when drinkers get drunk, proportion of drinkers who drink daily or nearly daily, festive drinking, drinking with meals, and drinking in public places.

The WHO notes that 48% of people included in the data abstain from drinking. This mean that if that number was excluded, the per capita consumption among those who do drink would have been higher than what we are currently seeing on this map.



(World Health Organisation)


Too much Vodka for Russia


According to a recent study, the high number of early deaths in Russia could be caused by people drinking too much. Other common causes of early deaths include:
•    Liver disease
•    Alcohol poisoning
•    Getting into accidents or fights while drunk

Other countries near Russia, including Ukraine and Belarus, have similar levels of alcohol consumption.

In addition to having some of the highest alcohol consumption rates in the world, Russia and Ukraine also have the most risky patterns of drinking, according to WHO.


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