Alcohol consumption per drinker

We’ve seen rankings for alcohol consumption per capita around the world. These tend to highlight where people drink and abstain, but what about consumption among only those who drink? The Economist looked at this sub-population. Towards the top, you see countries where much of the population abstains but those who do drink appear to drink at higher volumes.

Of course, it’s better to take this with a grain of salt until you see the standard errors on these estimates.


The Most Unisex Names in US History

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The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2011

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Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here’s a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock.

Real Chart Rules to Follow

There are rules—usually for specific chart types meant to be read in a specific way—that you shouldn’t break. When they are, everyone loses. This is that small handful.