St. Lucia ranked in top 10 worldwide for highest alcohol consumption

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St. Lucia ranked in top 10 worldwide for highest alcohol consumption


A World Health Organisation (WHO) report on its 15-year global alcohol consumption survey ranks St. Lucia ninth for the highest per-capita yearly consumption.

The report also ranks Grenada fifth and the Bahamas 22nd.

St. Lucia’s yearly pure-alcohol consumption is 11.6 litres per capita, Grenada is 12.4 litres and the Bahamas at 10.34 litres per capita, yearly.

Researchers looked at all the different drinks people consume solely in terms of their alcohol content, which eliminates differences between wine, beer and spirits.

St. Lucia’s consumption works out to between about two to three drinks per person every single day.

A similar report released in May this year placed St. Lucia as the country with the second highest alcohol consumption in the Americas or 10.4 litres per-capita yearly consumption.

In that report it was noted that the Americas has the second highest per-capita alcohol consumption.

St. Lucia was among other countries that ranked high in the report such as: Grenada (12.5 litres), Canada (10.2 litres), Chile (9.6 litres), Argentina (9.3 litres) and the United States (9.2 litres).

Jamaica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and Cuba recorded the lowest per-capita consumption in the Americas.

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  1. People drink their rum to enjoy their self most of the time. Dont be rediculous about the situation VAT on alcohol solves nothing..VAT on food makes no sence, it barely scrape The gross domestic product(GDP)

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  2. Liquor is not a coping mechanism, people need to pray their stresses away . Alcohol is a depressant, drinking away your problems is not a solution for a temporary high, when sober the problems resurface and the cycle begins again. Drip, drip,drip like a leaking tap to more physical & mental problems. Exchanging and multiplying problems. The beverage companies keep the prices low to make a gain as they know there is a big demand in a small populated island. They have no interest in the community at large. Teaching the children of the future low morals, with alcohol as an excuse for bad behaviour. There is more hope to life than pleasure seeking, seek God for his will in your life.

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  3. The amount of alcoholics in the Russian federation will exceed the population size of St. Lucia, now that should put into perspective the value of the WHO statistics.

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  4. lol what would they expect when alcohol and food cost almost the same, and alcohol prices rise slower than the price of food

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  5. Tell me now,does it not make sense to remove or even reduce V.A.T on medicines and double it on alcohol and cigeretts.Yes it will impact elsewhere but you cant please everyone in this country.Everywhere you pass has a rum shop and young people have stomachs bigger that a pregnat woman,hmm i wonder why..Somehting has to give.

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  6. I have to admit that I am probably responsibe for these statistics when I visit St Lucia each year. 'It's da rum dat make me do it!' See you all in December...and make sure you stock up on the Chairman's Reserve!

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  7. Most people like to enjoy a drink! Some more than others. The problem I have is that as a country we do nothing to control the abuse of alcohol. How many people have been arrested and charged for drink driving?? In St. Lucia you can have a drink in one hand whilst driving your vehicle and the police will not even stop you. Why?? because they all do the same. Even goverment officials drink and drive, You see them all the time sitting at bars! car keys in one hand beer in the other. There are so many accidents on our Roads, Does anybody ever check how much alcohol these idiots have in their systems? I think as a society there should be a bit more awareness of the negative impacts of too much alcohol.. But it might just be a lost cause.

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  8. Someone said the stats are not true and they go out and don't drink nor see too many persons over indulging. Mercy I say to that person, mercy! What world are you from again? You can't be for real? Alcohol is the biggest menace in our society... The over indulging is the cause of many family disputes, fatal accidents. St Lucians wake up! This cannot be something to be proud of! Drive around the different hotspots and you will see the number of men especially in all these areas consuming quite a lot of alcohol... so therein lies the source of where lots of the societal issues stem from! Not a nice stat at all! And the think this thing is legal and some of the lesser "evils" illegal! Hmm! Don't attack me now; just stating the facts!

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  9. 9th I really thought we were ranked # 1, the heneiken trucks make more trips from vieux fort than minibuses, every weekend are blockos Dennery...Grow Islet...Anse LA Raye, all over the island......underage kids can purchase alcohol at will.....police and customs don't bother to check for liquor licenses....drunk drivers drive with no fear of police checking on them.......there was talk of breathalyzers ....where r they.....not one ever used.....Lucian's u honestly believe the big boys will implement something that cause them to be caught red handed.......check how many government officials have rum shops/bars etc.......integrity commission won't detect that cause its under under a relative name...smart.

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  10. when i visited earlier this year i got my rum for 6.80 at the market,,,I was told by the local yutes that what they get the fast high on

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  11. dey dere arresting people for weed and the rum mashing up the country

    but on a serious note...i shoulda really buy the children school books with the money instead of rum

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  12. The govt knows that. This is one of the reasons for the size of our new hospital. Who can stop one from drinking toooo much except themself. The ad said the SPIRIT of St. Lucia is BOUNTY RUM that is why lucians are cursed with alcohol. The red alcohol blood was what some people drank for election En Rouge. Now the blood is being shared together with the alcohol.f it was the HOLY SPIRIT so much death and crime would not be happening in St. Lucia. Here comes the BETTER DAYS Crime, blood, alcohol and stress. That is what they voted for. The others will keep praying and drink the Holy Spirit,

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    • Are you saying that i is because of political reasons why people drink alcohol? I seriously hope not. For someone who just spoke about the Holy Spirit, you would know that the Bible talks about these things. Men becoming lovers of themselves more than lovers of God. Saint Lucia's drunkenness would not stop. What could help however is reinforcing or implementing laws about alcohol consumption. We need to tackle the problem from the bud. Youngsters become alcoholics before the age of 16.

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  13. Are you saying according to your stats showing that 2-3 drinks per day per person that every body drinks in St.Lucia.
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    • Are you retarded? Did you finish school? How could you be so stupid? Mum drop you on your head when you was small?

      Its just to show how much alcohol is consumed they dont literally mean everybody in lucia drinks 2 glasses of rum per day.

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  14. YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TO MUCH RUM IN YOURE GLASS,DRINK YOURE RUM ENJOY YOURESELF, TI RE REE, THE RUM THAT DO YOU THAT,NOU CA FINI WOM,LEAVE ME ALONE CO CO IS RUM I COME TO DRINK BIG UP LUCIANS

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    • Smartest thing ive seen in these comments so far. but that will never happen because rich people will take a blow, and we all know rich people must never take blows

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