It is known to believe that there is a large alcohol consumption in the western world many ask why is this why is there such a higher percentage of alcohol consumption in certain parts of the world especially around the European side. Well due to the relatively great size of drinking cultures in the west mainly countries such as Russia, Germany, Sweden and Denmark.
The West is known to have a huge drinking culture starting from just the age of 15, Depending on what country you are from drinking could mean a whole lot of things. Such as in Spain drinking wine with a meal is considered a cultural meal. Or in Japan drinking would be considered a social aspect every Friday at a local pub.
Social, cultural, geographic and economic variations in the countries of the EU have led to four distinct country groupings – central-eastern and eastern Europe, central-western and western Europe, the Nordic countries, and southern Europe – with different alcohol consumption patterns and trends.
Now comparing this to Islamic states especially taking the Middle East in to consideration where the Muslim population is at 93% the drinking culture in the Middle East is next to nothing even though some levant countries might accept it in the Middle East, Sub-Sahara and parts of south Asia where many of the Islamic states are drinking is prohibited.
Drinking in many parts of the West is also considered as a way of survival interpreting this into medicine or to drink alcohol when weather conditions may be too cold is a way of heating your body temperature up.
International comparisons of alcohol consumption and its consequences can serve multiple purposes. For example, despite differences among countries in drinking cultures, drink sizes and strengths, and methods of measuring alcohol consumption, international survey research has provided a substantial amount of information on the rates of abstinence or current drinking, the frequency of drinking or binge drinking, and the mean consumption among both adults and youths in many countries. Other studies using aggregate–level data have analysed per capita alcohol consumption in various countries. These studies can be used to relate per capita consumption to certain alcohol–related outcomes and to evaluate changes of both consumption and different outcomes within a country or across countries over time.
Comparing the two from the East to the West there is no doubt that alcohol consumption in the Western world is at a rise this is not to say that there is a decrease in the set Islamic states but merely the comparison is visually revealing.
Just by looking at statistics Alcohol consumption in the West seems to be triple the double the amount compared to set Islamic states. With European countries taking the lead with not just most alcohol consumption but also the most binge drinkers.
In the Middle East, the average worldwide consumption was equal to 6.13 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15 years or older. Compared to people in Europe who consume more alcohol reaching 12.5 litres of alcohol per year on average.