Alcohol is part of many cultural and social practices and been a part of the society since 3,000 B.C. The World Health Organization (WHO) conducts research to examine the level of alcohol consumption worldwide and the statistics of countries with most years of life lost due to substance abuse.
Belarus, a small country in Europe, tops the list of countries with the greatest consumption of the average number of liters of pure alcohol per capita. Its citizens consumed an average of 14.4 liters per year, which is 1.5 times more than Americans. Russian citizens, however, consumed an average of 11.5 liters of pure alcohol per year – ranked fifth behind Lithuania (12.9 liters), Grenada (11.9 liters), Czech Republic and France (11.8 liters). The United States claimed the 25th spot, drinking an average of 8.7 liters of pure alcohol per capita annually.
With this research, it has been found that there is a connection between high alcohol consumption rates and alcohol-related deaths. Belarus once again was ranked among the top countries with the most years of life lost due to alcohol. Similarly, countries with high alcohol consumption such as Lithuania and Russia are experiencing increasing mortality rates. Consumption of alcohol may not be the only factor of average life expectancy, but there are over 200 health conditions are linked to harmful alcohol use.