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Culture > Food and drink > Alcohol > Alcohol consumed from Stats: compare key data on United Kingdom & United States

Definitions

  • 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.
  • Beer: Average liters of pure alcohol consumed annually in the form of beer, by the population above 14 years of age.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Spirits: Average liters of pure alcohol consumed annually in the form of spirits, by population above 14 years of age (excludes illegally produced spirits).
  • Wine: Average liters of pure alcohol consumed in the form of wine by population above 14 years of age.
STAT United Kingdom United States
All drinks 13.37
Ranked 17th. 42% more than United States
9.44
Ranked 57th.
Beer 4.93
Ranked 15th. 10% more than United States
4.47
Ranked 23th.
Homemade and illegal drinks 1.7
Ranked 68th. 70% more than United States
1
Ranked 100th.
Legal sources 11.67
Ranked 15th. 38% more than United States
8.44
Ranked 43th.
Other alcoholic drinks 0.67
Ranked 30th.
0.0
Ranked 128th.
Spirits 2.41
Ranked 49th.
2.65
Ranked 42nd. 10% more than United Kingdom
Wine 3.53
Ranked 20th. 3 times more than United States
1.36
Ranked 48th.

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. 

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