WHO: Belarusians Are Getting Sober. Alcohol Consumption Drops Drastically

Notoriously known as one of the world’s highest consumers of alcohol, Belarus’ love for its drinks is decreasing rapidly, the World Health Organization reports.

The Belarusians are getting sober.


Worldwide statistics

Over 3 million people died from alcohol consumption in 2016, equating to 1 in 20 deaths globally.

According to WHO’s latest study, this is more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined.

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The alcohol-related deaths include drink driving, alcohol-induced violence and a multitude of diseases and health conditions.

On average, the 2.3 billion people are currently considered drinkers, they consume 33 grammes of pure alcohol per day.

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That is roughly equivalent to two glasses of wine, a large bottle of beer or two shots of spirits.

Worldwide, 45% of alcohol is consumed as spirits, followed by beer (34%) then wine (12%).

Europe and Belarus

Europe has the highest per capita consumption of 10 litres of pure alcohol or more per year, the report said.

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Alcohol consumption has dropped in three-quarters of European countries, with the biggest declines in Russia, Moldavia and Belarus

In Belarus, average annual alcohol consumption plunged from 15,3 litres of pure alcohol per person in 2005 to 11.2 litres in 2016.

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For years Belarus has been recognized as the world leader in alcohol consumption. Luckily, this dubious honour is gradually fading away.

In the latest UN agency’s report Belarus took 27th place in terms of alcohol consumption per capita.