Everyone In The World Is Drinking Less Alcohol, Except Americans

Is life more stressful in the U.S. than in other countries? The results of a new study might make you think so. Euromonitor International reveals that worldwide consumption of alcoholic beverages declined by 0.7 percent in 2015. It’s the first time this organization has tracked a decrease in global alcohol sales since it began monitoring figures in 2001. Ukraine had the biggest decline worldwide, buying 17 percent less alcohol in 2015 than in 2014. China, which is the world’s largest alcoholic drinks market, saw a 3.5 percent decline. However, the U.S. is the notable exception.  In 2015, Americans bought 30.6 billion liters of alcohol– up from 29.8 bullion liters in 2014. The popularity of microbreweries and the craft beer movement has given alcohol sales a big boost in the states, and compared to other continents, North America has had a stronger economy. Sales of tequila, mezcal, whiskey, cognac, and wine all increased in 2015. Also notable, despite losing market share, vodka is still the world’s most consumed spirit. (Fox)