Pakistan is the least alcohol consuming country in the world

According to statistics, Pakistan has the smallest number of alcohol consumers in the world, almost zero percent per capita.

World health organization conducted a country-wise survey ranking them from 1-190, from the country with the highest percentage of drinkers in two categories; ‘all adults’ and ‘drinkers only’ which also gives a third statistic, percentage of adult abstainers (i.e legal adults who do not drink). Pakistan has the lowest level of alcohol consumption.

alcohol cnspumtion according to country

Interestingly, Saudi Arabia, where it is assumed and seen that laws are much more strict with regards to punishment of alcohol consumption on religious basis, the percentage consumption is still more than that in Pakistan without those laws or application. Here are some further details with regards to alcohol consumption:

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This is a ‘drink-wise’ breakdown

Since according to the WHO website regarding substance abuse, the harmful use of alcohol results in 3.3 million deaths each year so its a good thing Pakistan is leading from the end in this one as the following figure is as optimistic as it can get as well.

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WHO also reports that worldwide, 38.3% of the world population actually consumes alcohol which is even less than half! This allows us to calculate that those who do consume alcoholic drinks, do so at an average 17 liters of pure alcohol annually and as a result, from with in these 15.3 million persons have drug use disorders. Out of these recorded figures, 24.8% was unrecorded, i.e., homemade alcohol, illegally produced or sold outside normal government controls.

Health outcomes

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WHO also reports the following facts:

  1. In 2012, about 3.3 million net deaths, or 5.9% of all global deaths, were attributable to alcohol consumption.
  2. There are significant sex differences in the proportion of global deaths attributable to alcohol, for example, in 2012 7.6% of deaths among males and 4% of deaths among females were attributable to alcohol.
  3. In 2012 139 million net DALYs (disability-adjusted life years), or 5.1% of the global burden of disease and injury, were attributable to alcohol consumption.
  4. There is also wide geographical variation in the proportion of alcohol-attributable deaths and DALYs, with the highest alcohol-attributable fractions reported in the WHO European Region.

Intervention Policies for Health Control

World wide, many countries apply control policies to minimize alcohol consumption related damages, a very common example is of not driving while having alcohol in the body system to reduce accidents. Many WHO Member States have demonstrated increased leadership and commitment to reducing harmful use of alcohol over the past years.

Delegations from all 193 Member States of WHO reached consensus at the World Health Assembly in 2010 on a WHO Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. 

A significantly higher percentage of the reporting countries indicated having written national alcohol policies and imposing stricter blood alcohol concentration limits than before. Once again the following chart speaks for Pakistan on how well it has done in this area of exercising  alcohol abuse control and it has done well enough to get that A*:

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