A German study of alcohol consumption between 1990 and 2017 found that drinkers have increased their consumption by 70% over that time, and now down 1.5 gallons of pure alcohol per year.
With the typical beer containing 5% alcohol, that’s 30 gallons each year. For wine, at 8% alcohol, it’s 18.75 gallons.
Lifetime abstinence, mainly focused in North Africa and the Middle East because of religious restrictions, dropped from 46% to 43% of the world adult population, while current drinking increased from 45% to 47%. The largest increases were in emerging countries such as China and Vietnam. The trends are expected to continue, with abstinence falling to 40% by 2030 and current use rising to 50%.
Over the next decade, Europe is expected to lose it’s dubious honor as the home of the most alcohol consumption per capita. Not because they will drink less, but because consumers across Asia are increasing their consumption so rapidly.
The study’s findings led to an obvious conclusion:
“Based on these data, global goals for reducing the harmful use of alcohol are unlikely to be achieved.”
If the researchers and their backers, the World Health Organization, want to curb the use of alcohol, they might consider banning the internet. The ability to read news from around the world and react to the opinions of any loudmouth with a keyboard and a connection has increased the blood pressure of the planet.
On the other hand, without the internet’s streaming services, people might end up drinking more because they don’t have anything else to do.
The whole conversation makes you want a drink.