Alcohol consumption across the world is increasing by the day and there is fact to prove that. Historically, alcohol continues to hold an important role in social engagement and bonding for many.
Social drinking or moderate alcohol consumption for many is pleasurable and perceived to reduce stress and anxiety.
However, it’s also known that alcohol consumption – especially in excess – is linked to a number of negative outcomes: as a risk factor for diseases and health impacts; crime; road incidents; and for some, alcohol dependence.
A report by the World Health Organization lists the countries of Africa with the heaviest drinkers or consumers of alcohol. The details will interest you.
South Africa leads the list of heaviest drinkers of alcohol in Africa. According to the WHO’s data, South Africa’s drinking population consumes 28.9 litres of pure alcohol – per capita – a year, the fifth-highest consumption rate in the world.
South Africa is considered a beer-drinking nation taking up 56% of all alcohol consumed. This is followed by wine and spirits with an equal 18% share.
Tunisia is a country in North Africa. The official name of the country is the Republic of Tunisia. It is bordered by Algeria to the west and southwest, Libya to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east.
The WHO report shows Tunisia’s drinking population consumes 33.4 litres of pure alcohol – per capita – a year.
This small, landlocked monarchy – one of the few last monarchies of the world, in southern Africa, is known for its wilderness reserves and festivals showcasing traditional Swazi culture. Marking its northeastern border with Mozambique and stretching down to South Africa, the Lebombo Mountains are a backdrop for Mlawula Nature Reserve’s many hiking trails.
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The WHO data report places eSwatini at 32.7 litres of pure alcohol consumption – per capita – a year.
Namibia takes conservation seriously. In fact, more than 40 percent of the country is under conservation management. It was also the first African country to incorporate environmental protection into its constitution. Hence its bountiful wildlife.
The WHO data report places the country at 31.3 litres of pure alcohol consumption per yearly capita.