Teetotal Kuwait – The Least Drinking Nation in the World

In a bizarre article recently published by BBC aptly entitled “Booze Calculator – what is your drinking nationality?” (link), Kuwait surprisingly pulled in at a good LAST PLACE making it the least drunk country in the world – even beating out Strict Saudi Arabia, which came in SECOND LAST!

Here are the statistics that favor Kuwait:

Kuwait drinking

According to survey data published by the WHO, about 1% of men in Kuwait had drunk heavily on at least one occasion in month before the survey, compared with about 0% of women. The global average is 12.3% for men and 2.9% for women.

The researchers also investigate abstention rates: 90% of those surveyed in Kuwait reported that they had not touched a drop of alcohol in the previous 12 months. The global average is 61.7%.

Kuwait drinking graph

How do we compare to neighboring Saudi?

Saudi Drinking

According to survey data published by the WHO, about 0% of men in Saudi Arabia had drunk heavily on at least one occasion in month before the survey, compared with about0% of women. The global average is 12.3% for men and 2.9% for women.

The researchers also investigate abstention rates: 94% of those surveyed in Saudi Arabia reported that they had not touched a drop of alcohol in the previous 12 months. The global average is 61.7%.

This is a delightful turn of events from Kuwait being named as one of the fattest nations on the planet (actually 9th – but Fattest in the Arab States):

Fat

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It is also interesting to note how some stereotypes turn out to be false. For example, the French are not the largest consumers of wine (with some stories purporting that it is even available in McDonald’s with meals), nor are the Russians the largest consumers of Spirits, and the USA are not the largest consumers of beer. See for yourselves:

top 5 drinkers

And there you have it! Although, a quick read of the Arab Times Crimes section shows a remarkable trend of moonshine makers and drunkards, however, compared to the global populace, Kuwait is still way behind in the curve.

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