Blog: Abstention and illegal alcohol, all in a day's work

James Wilmore | 16 May 2014

A few facts jumped out at me while perusing the World Health Organization's 376-page(!) report on alcohol this week.

Before losing concentration and dreaming of a glass of something gold and cold, I was surprised to learn that a staggering 62% of the world's population (aged 15+) had not touched a drop of alcohol in 2010, when the study was done.

Apparently, women are "more often" lifetime abstainers than men. The report noted there was "considerable variation" in prevalence of abstention across WHO regions. Essentially, Western Europe and the US makes up for countries where consumption is low.

Meanwhile, a quarter of consumption (24.8%) was unrecorded, ie. "homemade alcohol, illegally produced or sold outside normal government controls". This is an issue drinks companies often talk about with particular regard to Africa.

With companies keen to convert drinkers to legitimate products, it's no wonder the opportunity in the continent is being talked up so fervently

BLOG

Non-alcoholic beer fails the Bernstein challenge

Crazy days in the Bernstein offices. Taking time out from being one of the world’s top beverage analysts, the Bernstein team, lead by its London-based veteran Trevor Stirling, held its very own taste ...

ANALYSIS

Treasury Wine Estates fiscal-2017 by region - results data

In mid-August, Treasury Wine Estates posted results for its fiscal-2017. Sales in the 12 months to the end of June were up by just over 11% on an 8.5% lift in volumes. Here, just-drinks breaks down th...

BLOG

AG Barr launches Funkin innovation search

AG Barr has lined up a Funkin campaign in the UK to find an 'innovation champion'. ...

BLOG

Are you a beer geek? Take the Brewdog quiz and find out

Brewdog, the Scottish craft brewer, likes to claim its drinkers are some of the most knowledgeable around....

BLOG

The (temporary) return of Paul Walsh to the drinks debate

Paul Walsh just can't stay away from the drinks industry....

just-drinks homepage



Forgot your password?