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Three times hic-up for heavy drinking Europe
« on: June 02, 2006, 06:33:13 AM »
This is an extract drom an article that was published yesterday.

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EU is the heaviest drinking region of the world

The European Union is the heaviest drinking region of the world, with each adult drinking 11 litres of pure alcohol each year – a level over two-and-a-half times the rest of the world’s average (WHO 2004).1 This high level is in fact a considerable fall from the highest point of over 15 litres in the mid-1970s, a peak which followed a period of rising consumption levels across most of Europe. Since then there has been a general plateau across Europe, with the exception of a substantial fall in the wine-producing countries of southern Europe, and a continuing rise in alcohol consumption in Ireland. This contrasts with persistently rising alcohol consumption in south-east Asia and the western Pacific (see Figure 4.1), although drinking in the Americas (at just under 7 litres), the next highest-consuming world region, follows a similar trend to Europe.

Just under half of this alcohol is consumed in the form of beer (44%), with the rest divided between wine (34%) and spirits (23%). Within the EU15, northern and central parts drink mainly beer, while those in southern Europe drink mainly wine (although Spain may be an exception). This is a relatively new phenomenon, with a harmonization visible over the past 40 years in the EU15.
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Re: Three times hic-up for heavy drinking Europe
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2006, 06:33:54 AM »
Doesn't surprise me...
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Re: Three times hic-up for heavy drinking Europe
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2006, 06:41:19 AM »
Mind you, the extract is about the EU, not Russia, which is presumably the heaviest drinking nation.
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Re: Three times hic-up for heavy drinking Europe
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2006, 07:34:25 AM »
Well I'll be..... ;D
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Re: Three times hic-up for heavy drinking Europe
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2006, 08:05:40 AM »
The statistics are skewed.

The population of the EU is approximately 450 million people. Based on the average of 11 litres, this gives a total alcohol consumption of 4,950,000,000 litres per year.

The true scenario is in fact that the average EU member consumes only 1 litre per year, while I drink the other four-and-a-half billion.

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Re: Three times hic-up for heavy drinking Europe
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2006, 08:35:16 AM »
The statistics are skewed.

The population of the EU is approximately 450 million people. Based on the average of 11 litres, this gives a total alcohol consumption of 4,950,000,000 litres per year.

The true scenario is in fact that the average EU member consumes only 1 litre per year, while I drink the other four-and-a-half billion.

SimDing0, it must be a terrible hangover you're having ;D
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Re: Three times hic-up for heavy drinking Europe
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2006, 11:25:41 AM »
He'll only get the hangover when he stops. :)
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Re: Three times hic-up for heavy drinking Europe
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2006, 05:34:02 PM »
Well...the rest of the world is too poor to drink alchohol regularly. Exceptions are a few "smaller" countries, like Australia, U.S., Canada, and Japan.

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Re: Three times hic-up for heavy drinking Europe
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2006, 09:21:29 PM »
See, we Americans prefer to save our few remaining braincells by being only-slightly-less-heavy-drinkers. We make up for this by drinking vast amounts of sugared soda, thus ensuring that although we can't outthink you, can't outproduce you, and can't even find you on a map, we can at least sit on you and squish you.

Now, wait a minute - I forget. Are we talking about drinking, or foreign policy ;D?

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Re: Three times hic-up for heavy drinking Europe
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2006, 12:07:28 AM »
Neither. We was talkin' sex, as usual, but then Sim came and ruined everythin'

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Re: Three times hic-up for heavy drinking Europe
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2006, 07:33:39 AM »
He'll only get the hangover when he stops. :)
I tink hes immune to hangovers. :P
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