By 2025, total alcohol per capita consumption (15+ years) is expected to increase in half of WHO regions, and the highest increase is expected in South-East Asia, with an increase of 2.2 liters in India alone.
India’s per capita alcohol consumption has more than doubled between 2005 (2.4 liters) and 2016 (5.7 liters), shows the Global Status Report on Alcohol released recently. Of the total consumption, 4.2 liters are consumed by men and 1.5 liter by women.
The global per capita consumption has also risen from 5.5 liters in 2005 to 6.4 liters in 2016, and killed more than 3 million people globally, in 2016.
The report by the World Health Organization (WHO) also says that about 237 million men and 46 million women had alcohol problems, with the highest prevalence in Europe and the Americas.
About one in three deaths from alcohol were because of injuries, including car crashes and self-harm.
Close to 2.3 billion people are drinkers worldwide, and the average daily consumption of alcohol by them is about two glasses of wine, a large bottle of beer or two shots of spirits.