You may have wondered, when it comes to alcoholism, which country leads the world in picking up that glass of alcohol? Abuse of alcohol has many health risks, and the people in these countries are putting themselves at risk for chronic disease as well as injury from motor vehicle crashes, drowning and burns. With legal drinking ages non-existent or quite low, alcoholism may begin early. So, what countries lead the way? Here is some information to show you that the U.S. is not alone when it comes to alcoholism and the over-indulgence of alcohol. As a matter -of-fact, the U.S. ranks down on the list, with many other countries taking the prize.
Total Consumption of Alcohol
The top place, with the highest rate of alcoholism, goes to the land-locked country of Belarus. Its citizens drank a total of 14.4 liters or 473 ounces of alcohol annually. Next in line is Lithuania, with 12.9 liters. In third place, leading the Americas, is the island of Grenada, with 11.9 liters. Here are the next nine countries in order of amount of liters consumed:
- Czech Republic – 11.8
- France -11.8
- Russia – 11.5
- Ireland – 11.4
- Luxembourg – 11.4
- Slovakia -11.4
- Germany- 11.3
- Hungary – 11.3
- Portugal – 11
You might be interested in knowing that the United States placed 25th on the list with 8.7 liters. These statistics were part of a study by the World Health Organization.
Nations That Drink For Libation
What is libation? It is the pouring of liquid as an offering to a spirit, deity or the dead. It is a part of many cultures today, as it was in ancient times. Wine and alcoholic drinks are the main liquids, but some cultures use honey, olive oil or clarified butter (ghee). Drinking socially, among friends, is common in the U.S. as well as in other nations. Russia has the tradition of pouring vodka on a grave. Other countries may pour drops of rum for the devil from their glass. In Africa, libation is a ritual of heritage; it might also be used to put a curse on those who have done wrong.
The Ages of Alcohol
When it comes to drinking alcohol, the average age around the world is 12 years old. Some countries have no minimum age for alcohol drinking. Countries with no minimum age include: Belgium, Angola, Bolivia, Brazil (19 in some of the provinces), Belarus, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Israel, Luxembourg, Namibia, Moldova, Russia, Portugal, Slovenia, South Korea and many others. The Central African Republic has a minimum of 15 years of age, while 16 and older is the rule for many other nations. Sometimes, it will depend on the beverage. In some countries, such as Grenada, Singapore, Scotland and others, drinking is allowed at any age, as long as it is in private.
On the other hand, alcohol is prohibited at any age in other nations; this is due to religious reasons. World-wide, approximately 80 percent of young people begin drinking alcoholic beverages regularly by age 15 or younger, according to the World Health Organization.
Days Taken By Drinking
France, Russia, South Korea, and Brazil have the most years of life lost to alcohol. On the other hand, France had one of the highest average life expectancy. In France, there was a high 370 liters of wine per capita, with a low consumption of beer.
Death by Alcoholism
The country with the most years of life lost from alcohol is Belarus. Lithuania came next and the Czech Republic was third. The following countries, after these three, are in order of lives lost to drinking:
The list goes on as does the drinking. Belarus consumed the greatest average number of liters of pure alcohol per capita; it was also among the countries with the most years of life lost due to this high rate of annual alcohol consumption (14.4 liters).
Regions in Constant Risk
Russia is thought to be the highest risk nation in terms of its patterns of drinking. This is in addition to the country with the highest rate of alcoholism, Belarus, and the countries of Kazakhstan and Moldova. All of these countries have patterns of binge drinking, which may last for many days. This leads to early death, especially in men. Other countries with risky patterns of drinking include Namibia and Guatemala; however, they did not have the most years of life lost.
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