Since the run of the century a trend of drinking less but high quality alcoholic beverages has developed in western industrialized countries. This has been achieved with careful marketing strategies of international beverage companies that own huge distilleries in several countries.
Here are some statistics that may interest readers. (See note at the end of this article).
Beer per capita consumption the Czech republic 149 litres, Germany 113, Australia 108, Estonia 104, Poland 100, the Untied Kingdom 99, Ireland 93, Romania 90, Lithuania 89, Croatia 82, the U.S.A 82, Belgium 81 and the Netherlands 79. Canada ranks 19th out of 20 with 68 litres. Belgium’s per capita beer consumption in 1990 was 156 litres, followed by Germany with 149. Czechs have always led per capita beer consumption.
In 1988 Anheuser Bush’s Budweiser brand sold 50 million barrels, in 2013 this figure had dropped to 16 million. American craft brewers of the U.S.A sold more than Budweiser. By definition a craft brewery produces a maximum of six million barrels.
Belarus with 6.2 litres of pure alcohol consumption ranks first followed by Moldova, Lithuania, Russia, Romania, the Untied Kingdom, Andorra, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Portugal.
Vatican’s 842 cardinals and clergy consume on a per capita basis 55 litres of wine, followed by Luxembourg 53, France 48, Portugal 42, Switzerland 38, Turks and Caicos 38, Slovenia 36, Denmark 35 and Andorra 34. Canada’s per capita wine consumption is 11 litres.
Statistics have to be regarded more or less 20 – 25 per cent accurate. All tourist consumption is lumped into national consumption, which in some countries averages, i.e France for wine etc.