Pouring spirits into shot glasses. Photo credit: Ahileos - Fotolia.com

Photo credit: Ahileos – Fotolia.com

By Matthew Owens

A new report from the World Health Organization details alcohol consumption across the globe in terms of litres of pure alcohol per person, a standardisation measure to allow comparisons between countries. Chileans consume the most alcohol in South America, more than the US but not as much as people in the UK. The figure below shows the stats and the table breaks the data down by males and females, for which there are large differences.

Country Both sexes Males Females
Chile  9.6  13.9  5.5
 UK  11.6  16.5  6.9
 USA  9.2  13.6  4.9
 Argentina  9.3  13.6  5.2
 Bolivia  5.9  9.1  2.7
 Brasil  8.7  13.6  4.2
 Colombia  6.2  9.1  3.5
 Ecuador  7.2  11.1  3.4
 Guyana  8.1  11.7  4.7
 Paraguay  8.8  12.4  5.2
 Peru  8.1  12.4  3.8
 Suriname  6.6  9.4  3.9
 Uruguay  7.6  11.3  4.2
 Venezuela  8.9  12.7  5.2

Source: WHO. Units are in litres of pure alcohol per capita. Data include those aged 15 and over and were collected in 2010.

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