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  • Alcohol consumed from > All drinks: Average liters of pure alcohol consumed annually from legally and illegally produced alcohol, by the population above 14 years of age. The consumption of tourists is excluded for countries with more tourists per year than resident population.
  • Alcohol consumed from > Beer: Average liters of pure alcohol consumed annually in the form of beer, by the population above 14 years of age.
  • Alcohol consumed from > Homemade and illegal drinks: Average liters of pure alcohol consumed annually in the form of “unrecorded alcohol” by the population above 14 years of age. The consumption of tourists is excluded for countries with more tourists per year than resident population.
    “Unrecorded alcohol” is not taxed and is outside of governmental control. It includes alcohol that is homemade (legally or illegally), smuggled or obtained through cross-border shopping. Data is collected through investigations and expert judgment.
  • Alcohol consumed from > Legal sources: Average liters of pure alcohol consumed annually in the form of “recorded alcohol” by the population above 14 years of age. The consumption of tourists is excluded for countries with more tourists per year than resident population. “Recorded alcohol” is taxed and within governmental control. It excludes alcohol that is homemade (legally or illegally), smuggled or obtained through cross-border shopping.
  • Alcohol consumed from > Other alcoholic drinks: Average liters of pure alcohol consumed annually from beverages other than wine, beer and spirits, by the population above 14 years of age.
  • Alcohol consumed from > Spirits: Average liters of pure alcohol consumed annually in the form of spirits, by population above 14 years of age (excludes illegally produced spirits).
  • Alcohol consumed from > Wine: Average liters of pure alcohol consumed in the form of wine by population above 14 years of age.
  • Litres of pure alcohol drunk per year: Alcohol consumption among adults (over 15 years) (litres of pure alcohol per year).
STAT United Kingdom United States
Alcohol consumed from > All drinks 13.37
Ranked 17th. 42% more than United States
9.44
Ranked 57th.
Alcohol consumed from > Beer 4.93
Ranked 15th. 10% more than United States
4.47
Ranked 23th.
Alcohol consumed from > Homemade and illegal drinks 1.7
Ranked 68th. 70% more than United States
1
Ranked 100th.
Alcohol consumed from > Legal sources 11.67
Ranked 15th. 38% more than United States
8.44
Ranked 43th.
Alcohol consumed from > Other alcoholic drinks 0.67
Ranked 30th.
0.0
Ranked 128th.
Alcohol consumed from > Spirits 2.41
Ranked 49th.
2.65
Ranked 42nd. 10% more than United Kingdom
Alcohol consumed from > Wine 3.53
Ranked 20th. 3 times more than United States
1.36
Ranked 48th.
Litres of pure alcohol drunk per year 11.75
Ranked 8th. 36% more than United States
8.61
Ranked 33th.

SOURCES: Global status report on alcohol and health, World Health Organisation, 2011. p. 273 ff.; Global status report on alcohol and health, World Health Organisation, 2011. p. 273 ff.; Global status report on alcohol and health, World Health Organisation, 2011. p. 273 ff. ; Global status report on alcohol and health, World Health Organisation. p. 273 ff. ; World Health Organization. Source tables

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