Costa Rica News – Costa Rica should toast this, they have won. Costa Rica is known across the globe as one of the happiest countries in the world, perhaps it is because they are drinking too much.The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released their report of Central American alcohol consumption and the data from Costa Rica is concerning.
According to the data, which was collected between 2008 and 2010, Costa Rica has an annual per capita consumption of 5.4 liters of pure alcohol. This may not seem like much, but this makes it the third largest consumer of alcohol in the region, behind Belize and Panama.
The study collected data from citizens over 15 years of age. Men were found to have a higher incidence of alcohol consumption than women. 59% of the population says they prefer beer, while 36% prefer other alcoholic beverages. Wine is only preferred by 5% of the population. 27.6% of the population says that they have never had any alcohol in their life. Another 21% confirms drinking alcohol, but denied doing so in the past 12 months.
The WHO is very concerned about the growing levels of alcoholism around the world. A spokesperson from the Costa Rican Institute of Statistical Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (IAFA) stated that the institution’s data differs greatly from the figures presented by the WHO.
The official stated that he did not agree with this data, as it was exaggerated, and he rejects the study.
Then after work the official went to the local bar had a few beers with some co-workers and watched a replay of an EPL soccer game while saying that Saprissa would beat either of the teams playing……… of course I am kidding, but I think the official is living in a hole if he thinks that alcohol consumption is not a problem in Costa Rica both with Gringos and Ticos.