Recent survey that analysed alcohol intake in 189 countries between 1990 and 2017 claimed that India’s liquor consumption has increased by 38% between 2010 and 2017.
In 2007, Alcohol consumption in India was at 4.3 litres per adult per year which increased to 5.9 litres in 2017.
This rise is much sharper and faster than what has been noticed in other nations!
Considering the same period, the per adult alcohol consumption in the US rose from 9.3 litres to 9.8 litres.
The growth in China too was marginal, as it went up from 7.1 to 7.4 litres per adult.
However, it should be noted that the average per adult consumption of alcohol in India, is much lower than it is in the US, but rising in alarming pace!
The Craze for alcohol is in rise globally too!
Between 1990 and 2017, in a period of 27 years, global alcohol consumption increased by 70%.
In 2017, the total alcohol intake volume rose from 20,999 million litres in 1990 to 35,676 million litres.
Alcohol intake in high-income nations witnessed constant growth but consumption has been rising in low and middle-income nations too.
Europe had recorded the highest level of alcohol use Before 1990.
The study, however, forecasts that Europe will not hold that position for long!
It is alarming that, the world will consume more alcohol, and more people will also take to drinking.
The research also suggests that almost half the adults across the globe will be drinking by 2030 and a quarter of that number will become ‘Binge drinkers’.
People who drink 60 grams or more pure alcohol in one or more sittings, in a month are considered as binge drinkers!
Not only are Indians drinking a lot more, but their drinking habits are dangerous, too.
Around 57 million people are suffering the Ill-Effects of alcohol addiction.
A survey by the Community Against Drunken Driving (CADD) revealed that over 88% of youth below 25 years of age, drink or buy alcohol, even though it is illegal in their countries.
Among Indian states, Punjab, Goa, Tripura, Chhattisgarh and Arunachal Pradesh rank high on alcohol consumption.
Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of drinkers.
Some State governments like Bihar, Gujarat, Mizoram and Nagaland, have prohibited the sale of alcohol to exercise some amount of control.
States like Kerala, Bihar, Tamil Nadu have imposed variety prohibition since 2016.
The state government of Rajasthan allows sale of liquor only until 8.30 pm to decrease purchase of alcohol.
India has also reported an increase in the number of drunken driving cases.
Reports reveal that fines from drunk driving in India in 2018 alone amounted to a figure of around Rs 6 crore.
India has also recorded spike in Accidents and Crime due to Alcohol Consumption!