Who drinks the most around the world?

Posted to Maps  |  Tags:  |  Nathan Yau

What and how much people drink depends a lot on what country you’re in or what culture you’re exposed to. Personally I grew up in a low-alcohol family. It’s not that we thought it was bad, but just because, well, it didn’t really occur to us to do that. The Economist shows these differences via this world map on average alcohol consumption, according to a recently released report by the World Health Organisation.

The world drank an average of 6.1 liters per person in 2005, but it was significantly more in Europe and the Soviet states. Hey, you gotta stay warm somehow, right?

Have a look at this map for legal drinking age. Is there any relationship? Doesn’t seem to be a very strong case.

[Economist | Thanks, Elise]

13 Comments

Favorites

Who is Older and Younger than You

Here’s a chart to show you how long you have until you start to feel your age.

A Day in the Life of Americans

I wanted to see how daily patterns emerge at the individual level and how a person’s entire day plays out. So I simulated 1,000 of them.

Best Data Visualization Projects of 2016

Here are my favorites for the year.

Divorce Rates for Different Groups

We know when people usually get married. We know who never marries. Finally, it’s time to look at the other side: divorce and remarriage.