Monday, July 22, 2013

Map of the Day: These Are the Drunkest Countries


From The Economist:

THE world drank the equivalent of 6.1 litres of pure alcohol per person in 2005, according to a report from the World Health Organisation published on February 11th. The biggest boozers are mostly found in Europe and in the former Soviet states. Moldovans are the most bibulous, getting through 18.2 litres each, nearly 2 litres more than the Czechs in second place. Over 10 litres of a Moldovan's annual intake is reckoned to be 'unrecorded' home-brewed liquor, making it particularly harmful to health. Such moonshine accounts for almost 30% of the world's drinking. The WHO estimates that alcohol results in 2.5m deaths a year, more than AIDS or tuberculosis. In Russia and its former satellite states one in five male deaths is caused by drink.


Steve Clowney

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Wow. Some very interesting stats. 1 in 5 deaths in Russian men are caused by alcohol. And this looks like a world wide problem. How to solve this problem? Heavy taxes on alcohol? Or what?

Posted by: Steven J Fromm | Jul 24, 2013 11:21:46 AM

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