Where Does US Stand Among World's Drunkest Nations?

The World Heath Association has come out with a reportlisting the world's countries in order of alcohol-consumption per capita.

The winner? Moldova, followed by other Eastern European countries, with the US somewhere in the  middle.  As the WHO reportstates:

A large variation exists in adult per capita consumption (Figure 1). The highest consumption levels can be found in the developed world, mostly the Northern Hemisphere, but also in Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Medium consumption levels can be found in southern Africa, with Namibia and South Africa having the highest levels, and in North and South America. Low consumption levels can be found in the countries of North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean region, and southern Asia and the Indian Ocean. These regions represent large populations of the Islamic faith, which have very high rates of abstention.



Other statistics included the type of alcohol consumed, with spirits being popular in Eastern Europe, wine in Western Europe, and beer in the good old US of A.


Still further analyses of alcohol-related deaths, laws concerning alcohol and more factors are included in the report.

There are further analyses of the report at Sociological Images and Gawker.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at February 17, 2011, 7:22am