Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Topic Options
#491293 - 05/23/14 12:28 PM Do Belizeans consume too much alcohol?
Marty Offline
Excessive alcohol consumption amongst the Belizean populace is viewed by some as one of several worrying trends that are affecting our country, and while there may only be a percentage of citizens who actually engage in alcohol abuse, a global survey which was done by the World Health Organization (WHO) and was launched last week in Europe shows that Belizean drinkers regularly consume large volumes of alcohol on average through what is known as “binge drinking.”

While total alcohol consumption for Belize is relatively low in comparison to other countries, it is reportedly trending up sharply across the entire population.

In the years after 1995, a group of key alcohol experts estimated the unrecorded alcohol consumption in Belize to be 2.0 liters of pure alcohol per capita for members of the population older than 15.

By 2008, however, the average consumption for persons 15 and older increased to 5.3 liters of pure alcohol per year, which amounts to about 12 pints.

In the next 5 years between 2008 and 2013, the average amount of alcohol consumed had climbed up to 6.8 liters or about 14 pints yearly.

Also, one of the most worrisome findings of the study showed that among the portion of the population who drink liquor on a normal basis, consumption was very high – meaning there is a lot of binge drinking among Belizeans, more commonly known as “sprees.”

According to the study, male drinkers age 15 and older now consume up to 67.8 pints of pure alcohol yearly on average, and females of that same age and older gulp about 44 pints of booze yearly on average, but it must be noted that 68% of what is consumed is beer.

Still, those figures are alarmingly among the highest per capita in the Caribbean and Latin America, and are twice or even three times the figure recorded in some other countries of the region.

In related news, this week the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) is conducting Belize’s first Global Youth Tobacco Survey in 6 years, in which over 1,700 students from 40 schools across the country will be monitored with regard to drug use.

In 2008, the last survey showed that 26% of youths between the ages of 13 and 15 had tried a cigarette and that the leading drugs of choice for most youths are alcohol and marijuana, while others resorted to the use of tranquilizers and stimulants.


#491307 - 05/23/14 02:21 PM Re: Do Belizeans consume too much alcohol? [Re: Marty]
Nobody You Know Offline
Some, too much. Some, not enough...


Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker

TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lil’ Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Mini Chat

Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Who's Online
0 registered (), 36 Guests and 5 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,635 Registered Members
44 Forums
63,711 Topics
461,241 Posts

Most users ever online: 1,262 @ 06/10/07 02:16 PM

AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com SanPedroDaily.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.