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Grenada and St Lucia in top ten countries where people drink the most booze
Published on September 2, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Photo: Achim Schleuning/Wikimedia

GENEVA, Switzerland -- The World Health Report has released the results of its 15-year global alcohol consumption survey, and two Caribbean nations – Grenada (#5) and Saint Lucia (#9) – appear in the top ten countries ranked by per capita consumption. The Bahamas is #22.

The per capita yearly pure alcohol consumption in Grenada is 12.4 liters; in other words, researchers looked at all the different drinks people consume solely in terms of their alcohol content, which eliminates differences between wine, beer and spirits. That works out to between three and four drinks per person every single day.

According to Caribbean News Now senior correspondent, Grenadian Marcia Braveboy, the culture of intoxication there began after Hurricane Ivan hit on September 7, 2004.

“As the first journalist on the ground at the time, it was a heartbreaking experience. One could have cut the sense of trauma with a knife, so palpable was the shock and fear people exuded,” she recalled.

Hurricane Ivan had a debilitating effect on the people at the time and it seemed that developing illnesses accelerated under the heightened stresses brought on by the storm.

“It does not surprise me that there may have been other hidden side-effects of Hurricane Ivan on the people of Grenada,” Braveboy added.

Saint Lucia comes not far behind Grenada with 11.6 liters per capita yearly pure alcohol consumption and The Bahamas at 10.34 liters per capita yearly.

The United States doesn't crack the top 25, coming in at number 37 with 8.77 liters of pure alcohol consumption per capita every year.

Here's the complete list of the top 25, with countries listed by their yearly per capita consumption of pure alcohol, in liters.

1. Belarus 14.37
2. Andorra 13.31
3. Lithuania 12.9
4. Czech Republic 12.69
5. Grenada 12.4
6. Austria 12.1
7. Ireland 11.92
8. France 11.7
9. Saint Lucia 11.6
10. Estonia 11.36
11. Luxembourg 11.36
12. Germany 11.21
13. Russian Federation 11.12
14. Slovakia 10.96
15. Portugal 10.84
16. Hungary 10.78
17. Croatia 10.7
18. Poland 10.7
19. Belgium 10.57
20. Denmark 10.4
21. Australia 10.37
22. Bahamas 10.34
23. Slovenia 10.32
24. United Kingdom 10.26
25. Bulgaria 10.2
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