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World Alcohol Consumption

 

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US alcohol consumption per capita in liters per year increased from 6.7 in 1993 to to 6.8 in 1995, which is 1.8 gallons or 230 ounces of pure alcohol per capita per year and 61 billion ounces total.

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117 million drinking Americans consumed an average of 521 ounces per year or 1.43 per day in 1995 which is enough alcohol to keep the BAC (blood alcohol content) of each of those drinking Americans above 0.08 every day for 365 days per year.

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A fatal accident in the US is defined as "alcohol-related" if anyone in the accident had a BAC greater than 0.01.

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Frenchmen consume 70% more alcohol and Australians consume 12% more alcohol than Americans and their men have, respectively, a 1.8 year and 4.2 year longer life expectancy than American men.

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Compared to the US, both men's life expectancy and alcohol consumption are higher in Luxembourg, France, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Cyprus, Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

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The current level of alcohol consumption saves 80,000 lives per year from heart disease but the decrease in consumption since 1980 increased heart disease deaths by 35,000/year.

The following data is from http://www.alcoweb.com/english/gen_info/frames3/index.html

Between 1960 and 1981, the world consumption of alcohol grew rapidly from 25% to 243% (in percent of alcohol), especially in the United States, Germany, Russia, Japan, United Kingdom, Spain, Holland (where consumption during this period increased from 2.8 to 9.4), Ireland, Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Canada, Finland. Paradoxically, France is one of the rare countries where the level of consumption of pure alcohol, after a short period of stabilisation, has tended to diminish since the 1960s from 17.7 to 11.4 in 1994.

The table of alcohol consumption (below) shows that in 1993 six countries out of 32 had a level of consumption over 10 litres, considered to be a level of risk, against 5 countries in 1994. Overall, the level of consumption is tending to stabilise in most countries. Consumption of pure alcohol in Europe and some other countries of the world in litres of pure alcohol by inhabitant and year in 1993,1994 and 1995 :  

WORLD ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

TOTAL ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION BY COUNTRY (1993 - 1995) (Ranked in order of per capita consumption in 1995)

Litres of pure alcohol

Rank

Country

Reliability

1993

1994

1995

1

Luxembourg

**

12.0

11.9

11.6

2

France

***

11.5

11.4

11.5

3

Portugal

**

10.7

10.8

11.0

4

Hungary

**

10.2

10.3

10.2

5

Spain

***

9.9

9.7

10.2

6

Czech Republic

**

9.6

10.1

10.1

7

Denmark

***

9.7

9.9

10.0

8

Germany

***

10.4

10.3

9.9

9

Austria

***

10.1

9.8

9.8

10

Switzerland

***

10.0

9.7

9.4

11

Republic of Ireland

**

8.3

8.6

9.2

12

Belgium

**

9.6

9.2

9.1

13

Greece

*

9.2

8.9

9.0

14

Romania

*

8.0

6.5

9.0

15

Italy

***

8.7

8.7

8.8

16

Bulgaria

*

8.3

8.3

8.1

17

Netherlands

***

7.9

7.9

8.0

18

Cyprus

***

7.6

7.8

7.9

19

Slovak Republic

*

8.4

7.8

7.8

20

Australia

**

7.5

7.9

7.6

21

United Kingdom

***

7.4

7.5

7.3

22

Argentina

***

7.2

7.1

7.3

23

New Zealand

***

7.3

7.2

7.0

24

USA

***

6.7

6.8

6.8

25

Japan

**

6.6

6.6

6.6

26

Finland

**

6.8

6.6

6.6

27

Poland

**

6.4

6.4

6.4

28

Canada

***

6.2

6.1

6.2

29

Uruguay

*

5.6

6.3

6.1

30

Russia

*

4.9

5.7

5.8

31

Venezuela1

*

5.9

5.4

5.3

32

Sweden

*

5.3

5.3

5.3

33

Chile

*

5.1

5.1

5.3

34

South Africa

*

4.5

4.8

4.9

35

Colombia2

*

4.4

4.5

4.6

36

China

*

3.2

4.4

..

37

Norway

*

3.8

3.9

4.1

38

Cuba

*

3.8

3.8

3.8

39

Brazil

*

3.4

3.4

3.6

40

Iceland

***

3.3

3.5

3.5

41

Mexico

*

3.3

3.3

3.3

42

Paraguay1

*

2.0

1.9

2.0

43

Singapore

**

1.5

1.6

1.7

44

Ukraine

**

3.3

2.0

1.6

451

Peru1

**

1.1

1.2

1.2

46

Turkey

**

0.9

0.9

0.9

47

Israel1

*

0.9

0.9

0.8

48

Thailand

**

0.4

0.6

0.6

49

Malaysia3

**

0.5

0.5

0.6

50

Tunisia1

*

0.5

0.6

0.5

51

Algeria1

*

0.3

0.3

0.3

52

Morocco1

*

0.3

0.3

0.3

53

Vietnam2

*

0.2

0.2

0.2

World Drink Trends 1996 Edition notes:

***= Very Reliable;

**= Reliable;

*= Less Reliable.

1 Data are for beer and wine only.

2 Data are for beer only. 

3 Data are for beer and Spirits only.

 
 
 

TOTAL ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION BY WORLD REGION (1990-1995)

Region

Number of Countries Included

Total Alcohol Consumption per Capita 1990 (LPA)

Total Alcohol consumption per Capita 1995 (LPA)

Percentage Change 1990-95

Western Europe

19

8.56

8.12

- 5.2

European Union

16

9.76

9.29

- 4.9

Eastern Europe

8

5.92

5.79

- 2.1

Latin America

10

3.95

3.95

2.7

North America 

2

7.35

6.74

- 8.4

Australasia 

2

7.98

7.50

- 6.1

Rest of World 1

12

2.45

4.02

64.4

World Total

53

4.39

5.07

15.5

Notes :

Please note that these figures are limited by the availability of data, and are based on those countries featured in the World Drink Trends 1996 book.

1 Includes Algeria, China, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Singapore, South Africa, Thaukabd, Tunisia, Ukraine and Vietnam.

LPA: Litre(s) of Pure Alcohol

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One liter = 1.06 quarts = 33.9 ounces = .265 gallons

US Consumption = 6.8 liters = 7.2 quarts = 230.5 ounces = 1.8 gallons