Countries with highest per capita consumption of alcohol 2019
Alcohol consumption worldwide
In 2021, the world consumed around 280 billion liters of alcoholic beverages. In terms of total consumption of alcoholic beverages in liters, China, the United States, and Brazil lead the pack. Men consume alcohol at higher rates than women in every region of the world.
Alcohol and health
Long-term use and abuse of alcohol has been linked to numerous negative health impacts including stroke, high blood pressure, liver cirrhosis, and certain cancers. Worldwide there are around 38.8 deaths attributed to alcohol per 100,000 population as of 2016, with the highest rates of death attributed to alcohol occurring in Africa and Europe. Alcohol can be attributed to a quarter of all deaths from digestive diseases as well as 18 percent of unintentional injury deaths.