The press release for the journal article1 referred to in our previous thoughtpiece has some interesting statistics relating to alcohol around the world as part of its ‘notes for editors’. The following relate to 2016.

Highest prevalence of alcohol consumption

Males   Females
Country Prevalence %   Country Prevalence %
1 Denmark 97.1 1 Denmark 95.3
2 Norway 94.3 2 Norway 91.4
3 Argentina 94.3 3 Germany 90.0
4 Germany 94.3 4 Argentina 89.9
5 Poland 93.8 5 New Zealand 88.5
6 France 93.1 6 Switzerland 88.4
7 South Korea 91.3 7 Slovakia 87.2
8 Switzerland 91.2 8 France 86.9
9 Greece 90.8 9 Sweden 86.1
10 Iceland 90.3 10 Iceland 84.8

Lowest prevalence of alcohol consumption

Males   Females
Country Prevalence %   Country Prevalence %
1 Pakistan 0.9 1 Bangladesh 0.3
2 Bangladesh 1.0 2 Morocco 1.1
3 Egypt 1.1 3 Pakistan 1.5
4 Mali 2.5 4 Egypt 1.5
5 Morocco 3.0 5 Nepal 1.5
6 Senegal 3.2 6 Syria 1.6
7 Mauritania 3.2 7 Bhutan 1.9
8 Syria 5.0 8 Myanmar 2.3
9 Indonesia 7.2 9 Tunisia 2.3
10 Palestine 7.9 10 Senegal 2.6

Highest average number of alcoholic drinks per day

Males   Females
Country Prevalence %   Country Prevalence %
1 Romania 8.2 1 Ukraine 4.2
2 Portugal 7.3 2 Andorra 3.4
3 Luxembourg 7.3 3 Luxembourg 3.4
4 Lithuania 7.0 4 Belarus 3.4
5 Ukraine 7.0 5 Sweden 3.2
6 Bosnia-Herzegovina 6.5 6 Denmark 3.2
7 Belarus 6.0 7 Ireland 3.1
8 Estonia 6.0 8 United Kingdom 3.0
9 Spain 5.8 9 Germany 2.9
10 Hungary 5.5 10 Switzerland 2.8

Lowest average number of alcoholic drinks per day

Males   Females
Country Prevalence %   Country Prevalence %
1 Pakistan 0.0008 1 Iran 0.0003
2 Iran 0.0004 2 Kuwait 0.01
3 Kuwait 0.02 3 Mauritania 0.02
4 Comoros 0.02 4 Libya 0.02
5 Libya 0.02 5 Pakistan 0.03
6 Bangladesh 0.03 6 Timor-Leste 0.04
7 Palestine 0.04 7 Palestine 0.04
8 Mauritania 0.05 8 Yemen 0.04
9 Yemen 0.05 9 Tunisia 0.04
10 Saudi Arabia 0.05 10 Syria 0.05
  1. Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. Lancet 2018 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31310-2