Restaurant industry - additional information
Unsurprisingly, one of the most commonly alcoholic consumed beverages in U.S. bars and taverns is beer. Around half of the alcohol consumed in the United States falls into the beer category and spirit consumption makes up about one third. Each year, nearly 200 million beer barrels are sold to U.S. bars and taverns.
Despite the health risks associated with drinking alcohol, it is consumed in large amounts worldwide. The average per capita pure alcohol consumption in the United States was 8.7 liters between 2008 and 2010, according to the World Health Organization. Belarus was the country with the second highest per capita alcohol consumption worldwide in 2016. Its population above the age of 15 years consumed 16.4 liters of pure alcohol per capita that year.
That said, recent statistics show that food and drink sales of snack and non-alcoholic beverage bars in the United States are much higher than those that serve alcohol. Food and drink sales of snack and non-alcoholic beverage bars have risen since 2009 and the National Restaurant Association projects that they will reach 38.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2016.