Global Alcohol Consumption Expected To Increase, Lancet Study Shows

CNN: Binge drinking expected to rise as alcohol use increases around the world, study says
“…Between 1990 and 2017, per capita adult alcohol consumption increased by nearly 0.7 liters (about the same in quarts) to 6.5 liters (6.9 quarts) annually, new research indicates. The number is predicted to reach 7.6 liters (8 quarts) by 2030. By 2030, then, half of the world’s adults will drink (up from 45% in 1990), while 40% will abstain (down from 46% in 1990), according to the study published Tuesday in the journal The Lancet…” (Scutti, 5/7).

The Guardian: World alcohol consumption on the rise as China’s thirst grows
“The world is consuming significantly more alcohol than 30 years ago thanks in large part to heavier and more widespread drinking in China and India, researchers have claimed. … Globally, some 237 million men and 46 million women suffer from alcohol-related disorders, with the highest rates in Europe (15% and 3.5%, respectively, for men and women) and North America (11.5% and 5%)…” (5/7).

USA TODAY: Alcohol use soaring worldwide: The average adult now consumes about 1.7 gallons of pure alcohol per year
“…The study analyzed data from 189 countries around the world. … The estimates also suggest that by 2030, half of the world’s adults will drink alcohol, and almost a quarter (23%) will binge-drink at least once a month. That means the world is not on track to meet alcohol reduction efforts recently recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO)…” (Rice, 5/7).

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