I came across this awesome infographic this morning and found it very interesting. It really is astounding how much people can fucking drink. Last year, lively indulgers worldwide polished off a whopping 7 billion liters of vodka, rum, whisky, gin, and tequila combined.
Here’s the graphic:
The figures here make my head spin.
First off, holy shit, Mother Russia. Just consuming close to 2 billion liters of vodka in your own right. Everyone knows the stereotype that Russians can hold their own when it comes to pounding vladdy, but you’ve got to realize what the numbers mean here. On average, there are 13.9 liters of vodka consumed for every man, woman and child that inhabits the former Soviet Union.
Talk about living a perpetually drunken escapade of a life. Then again, I guess I’ve got to say I understand — how the hell else would you cope with the sub-zero temperatures winter brings year after year. I mean, it gets freezing to the point where you can’t even go outside, so I guess there’s not much else to do. Probably safe to say that Kendrick Lamar’s Swimming Pools is the go to anthem for more than a few party guys named Sasha living over there. Poor fellas.
I’ve got to admit, I was pretty surprised to find out that of all spirits, the good old US of A was leading the charge in the salt, shot, lime department. While, per capita, we don’t down tequila like our Mexican neighbors, we do account for more than half of its worldwide consumption. I know Jimmy Buffet’s smiling somewhere right now while totaling the revenues from his most recent Margaritaville chain opening.
Also, it is pretty remarkable to see that America is holding steady on the silver medal podium for every other spirit. In the rum realm, it’s understandable considering population alone that India can outdrink us, and personally I’m not a big fan of gin, so I’m okay with letting the Philippines get away with that one.
However, I’m not sure I can easily get over the French out-whiskying us. I’m positive you all feel the same, so I’m going to leave it up to you guys to do something about it. I fully expect to see the red, white and blue taking down those cheese-loving softies come the release of 2013’s numbers.
Note: Total worldwide consumption of all liquor was reported to be 27 billion liters, of which China accounts for 38% of the world share. Of this 38%, their national liquor, baiju, accounts for 99.5%. However, it is pretty much exclusively consumed in China alone, so it was omitted from the list for comparisons sake… Or maybe the researchers left it out because China is filled with commies. You guys make the call on that one.
[via The Economist]