Vietnamese spend $3b on booze a year

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Bia HoiVietnamese people, number one beer drinkers in Southeast Asia, spend around $3 billion on beer and alcohol per year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Local production of beer and alcohol can’t even keep up with Vietnam’s continuously increasing demand for booze, the ministry added.

People in the country drink more than three billion liters of beer a year, a conference held in Hanoi on May 7 to review the ministry of health’s new campaign to discourage unhealthy drinking revealed.

Vu Thi Minh Hanh, deputy director of the Health Strategy and Policy Institute, said that global consumption of alcoholic drinks hasn’t seen a significant fluctuation over the past decade.

“Meanwhile, consumption in Vietnam has increased continuously, especially among young people and women,” news website VietNamNet quoted Hanh as saying. Apart from three billion liters of beer, Vietnamese consumed more than 68 million liters of alcohol annually, she added.

beerseaAccording to market survey company Eurowatch, Vietnamese consumed 38 liters per capita in 2012, making the country the top consumer in Southeast Asia, third in Asia (after China and Japan) and 28th in the world.

The country’s beer market recorded an annual growth rate of 15 per cent in 2012, in spite of the fact that Vietnam’s per capita income in that year was just $1,540, among the lowest in the region, according to Eurowatch.

The Vietnam Beer, Alcohol and Beverage Association reported the consumption increased by 10 per cent in 2013.Hanh said the increasing beer consumption has led to increasing traffic accidents and domestic violence.A law prohibiting civil servants from drinking during working hours has not been effectively enforced, she said.

Takeshi Kasai, the World Health Organisation’s representative to Vietnam, said that consumption of alcoholic drinks is common among more than 70 per cent of Vietnamese men, of which one of every four people drinks at harmful levels.

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Vietnamese people, number one beer drinkers in Southeast Asia, spend around $3 billion on beer and alcohol per year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Local production of beer and alcohol can’t even keep up with Vietnam’s continuously increasing demand for booze, the ministry added.

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Bia HoiVietnamese people, number one beer drinkers in Southeast Asia, spend around $3 billion on beer and alcohol per year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Local production of beer and alcohol can’t even keep up with Vietnam’s continuously increasing demand for booze, the ministry added.

People in the country drink more than three billion liters of beer a year, a conference held in Hanoi on May 7 to review the ministry of health’s new campaign to discourage unhealthy drinking revealed.

Vu Thi Minh Hanh, deputy director of the Health Strategy and Policy Institute, said that global consumption of alcoholic drinks hasn’t seen a significant fluctuation over the past decade.

“Meanwhile, consumption in Vietnam has increased continuously, especially among young people and women,” news website VietNamNet quoted Hanh as saying. Apart from three billion liters of beer, Vietnamese consumed more than 68 million liters of alcohol annually, she added.

beerseaAccording to market survey company Eurowatch, Vietnamese consumed 38 liters per capita in 2012, making the country the top consumer in Southeast Asia, third in Asia (after China and Japan) and 28th in the world.

The country’s beer market recorded an annual growth rate of 15 per cent in 2012, in spite of the fact that Vietnam’s per capita income in that year was just $1,540, among the lowest in the region, according to Eurowatch.

The Vietnam Beer, Alcohol and Beverage Association reported the consumption increased by 10 per cent in 2013.Hanh said the increasing beer consumption has led to increasing traffic accidents and domestic violence.A law prohibiting civil servants from drinking during working hours has not been effectively enforced, she said.

Takeshi Kasai, the World Health Organisation’s representative to Vietnam, said that consumption of alcoholic drinks is common among more than 70 per cent of Vietnamese men, of which one of every four people drinks at harmful levels.

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