During 1992-2012, the per capita consumption of alcohol in India has increased by whopping 55%, the third highest increase in the world. Contrary to this, average annual alcohol consumption among 34 member countries of OECD has fallen by 2.5 percent over the same period.
OECD’s new flagship report examines the economic and public health dimensions of harmful alcohol use, the fifth leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Despite a slight decline, on average, in the past 20 years, alcohol consumption in OECD countries remains well above the world average.
Heavy drinking is alarmingly on the rise among young people and women in many countries. An increasing proportion of children experience alcohol and drunkenness at early ages. Girls have caught up with boys in the past ten years.
Contributed By Sonia Narula