Alcohol Going Up – level 3
Researchers conducted a study on global alcohol consumption and found that it is rising. The researchers carried the study out between 1990 and 2017, and they focused on the annual amount of alcohol consumed per person over 15 years old.
In 1990, the average person consumed 5.9 litres of pure alcohol and in 2017, consumed 6.5 litres. This amount of alcohol translates to a little more than one drink a day. If alcohol consumption rises, the average person will have just over eight drinks a week.
Not only are people drinking more per person, but more people are drinking. Around 45% of people drank in 1990, a number that rose to 47% in 2017 and can rise to 50% in 2030.
Alcohol consumption can be a big health problem. The World Health Organisation reports that 3 million people die because of alcohol every year, and alcohol plays a big role in over 200 diseases. The authors of the study say that the rise in alcohol consumption comes from a rise of wealth. The largest rise in wealth happened in India and Vietnam.
Difficult words: annual (yearly), pure alcohol (only alcohol, not an alcoholic drink), wealth (the money that people have).
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