In 2014, the World Health Organization or the WHO released its Global Status report on Alcohol and Health. According to the report, about 38.3 percent of the world’s population is reported to consume alcohol regularly. On an average an individual consumption amounts to 6.2 litres of alcohol each year. The report only considers individuals over 15 years of age.

The report says that about 30 percent of India’s population, just less than a third of the country’s populace – consumed alcohol regularly (as of 2010). Some 11 percent are moderate to heavy drinkers. The average Indian consumes about 4.3 litres of alcohol per annum, says the report. The rural average is much higher at about 11.4 liters a year.

According to an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report released in May 2015, alcoholism increased by about 55 percent between 1992 and 2012. It is a quickly rising concern among the youth of the country.

The state of Punjab which is often thought to have a high alcohol consumption per capita actually ranks among the lowest in the country. Punjab’s rank of 28 out of 34 states in India.

 

State-wise Alcohol Consumption

State-wise alcohol consumption per capita per week (in ml) as of 2011-12

State/UT

Toddy and Country Liquor

Beer, Imported Alcohol, Wine

Andaman & Nicobar Island

656

532

Andhra Pradesh

561

104

Arunachal Pradesh

749

346

Assam

304

19

Bihar(before prohibition)

266

17

Chandigarh

37

42

Chhattisgarh

120

27

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

2,533

498

Daman & Diu

252

1,079

Delhi

55

86

Goa

47

108

Gujarat

53

3

Haryana

89

43

Himachal Pradesh

149

73

Jammu & Kashmir

32

7

Jharkhand

320

14

Karnakata

23

102

Kerala

94

102

Lakshadweep

0

0

Madhya Pradesh

133

12

Maharashtra

65

19

Manipur

155

6

Meghalaya

74

49

Mizoram

29

2

Nagaland

159

23

Odisha

146

20

Puducherry

154

144

Punjab

141

50

Rajasthan

80

43

Sikkim

41

307

Tamil Nadu

20

85

Tripura

163

2

Uttar Pradesh

34

5

Uttarakhand

38

43

West Bengal

74

12

 

Source – National Sample Survey Office (The Hindu news report)

 

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