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Alcohol content of a glass of beer, wine, champagne and schnapps

A typical glass of beer is about 0.3 liters in volume and contains 4.8 percent of alcohol by volume. This comes out to around 11.5 grams of alcohol per serving. In comparison, a typical 0.2 liter glass of wine contains around 17.6 grams of alcohol.

Alcohol Consumption

As the world’s most populous country, China also consumes more alcohol than any other country. In 2014, China’s alcohol consumption amounted to 27.5 percent of global consumption. The United States accounted for 12.1 percent of total alcohol consumption. Though beers, lagers, and ciders are the most consumed types of alcoholic beverage, tequila and gin had the highest growth in consumption between 2015 and 2016 among alcoholic beverages.

Global Wine Market

When one thinks of wine, countries like Italy, France, and Spain come to mind, and for good reason. In 2018, those three countries were the top producers of wine in the world. That year, Italy produced some 54.8 million hectoliters of wine, more than any other country. Italy also topped the list for the highest per capita wine consumption worldwide in 2014, though by 2018 France is expected to overtake Italy.

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August 2010



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