10 Notable Takeaways

• Belarus out-drinks everyone and, unsurprisingly, has the most dependence on alcohol, as well as the most alcohol-contributing deaths.
• Moldova is projected to out-drink everyone in the year 2015, 2020, and 2025.
• The tiny country of East Timor likes wine more than both Italy and France.
• Hungary has the most alcohol-related disorders and displays the most harmful use of alcohol, yet, surprisingly, the country’s amount of alcohol-contributing deaths are on the low end of the spectrum.
• Canada out-drinks the United States on a per-capita basis.
• Unsurprisingly, the United States favors beer among all other types of alcoholic beverages.
• Gambia primarily drinks fermented beverages not traditionally described as beer, wine, or spirits.
• There is not a single country where women drink more than men on a per-capita basis. Saudi Arabian women are the closest with just a .02 liter difference, although Saudi Arabian men don’t drink that much in the first place.
• Russia is in the top tier of 12 of the 16 categories.
• The United States is not in the top tier of any of the categories.

Methodology

Data from the 2014 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health was used to create a complete visualization of the world’s drinking habits. Sixteen of the most notable categories were selected:

Total Alcohol Consumption (Per Capita) In Liters Of Pure Alcohol
Total Alcohol Consumption (Per Capita) In Liters Of Pure Alcohol (Men)
Total Alcohol Consumption (Per Capita) In Liters Of Pure Alcohol (Women)
Percentage Of Total Alcohol Consumed That Is Beer
Percentage Of Total Alcohol Consumed That Is Wine
Percentage Of Total Alcohol Consumed That Is Spirits
Percentage Of Total Alcohol Consumed That Is Not Considered Beer, Wine, Or Spirits*
Estimated Total Alcohol Consumption (Per Capita) In Liters Of Pure Alcohol For 2015
Estimated Total Alcohol Consumption (Per Capita) In Liters Of Pure Alcohol For 2020
Estimated Total Alcohol Consumption (Per Capita) In Liters Of Pure Alcohol For 2025
Percentage Of The Total Population That Has An Alcohol-Related Disorder
Percentage Of The Male Population That Has An Alcohol-Related Disorder
Percentage Of The Female Population That Has An Alcohol-Related Disorder
Percentage Of The Total Population That Is Dependent On Alcohol
Percentage Of The Total Population That Engages In Harmful Use Of Alcohol
Percentage Of Deaths With Alcohol-Attributable Fractions**

*Examples include beverages made from fermented sorghum, rice, and kefir grains.
**Alcohol-Attributable Fractions are used to express the extent to which alcohol contributes to a health outcome; in this case it is death.

Understanding Addiction

Alcohol is the oldest drug around. It is also the most widely used, and almost 50 percent of people aged 12 and over have consumed alcohol in the United States. Most people are able to consume alcohol responsibly. However, for one reason or another, some people abuse alcohol and develop addictions. Drug information from the American Council for Drug Education (ACDE) states that approximately 10 to 15 million people in the United States can be classified as alcoholics. About 4.5 million of those people are adolescents. Alcohol dependence will affect 17 percent of men and 8 percent of women at some point in their lives.

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