Vietnamese men top boozers in Asia

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Bia Saigon consumed on Bui Vien (Beer Street) in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Vietnam. flickr/Christopher O'Grady

HANOI (Xinhua) – Vietnamese men drink five standard alcoholic drinks on average a day, the highest volume in Asia, according to the Lancet, one of the world’s prestigious medical journals.

One standard alcoholic drink, 10 grams of alcohol, is equivalent to a small glass of beer or wine, or a shot of spirit.

According to the Lancet’s study, Vietnamese women drink less than one standard alcoholic drink a day, standing in the group of lightest drinkers in the world, online newspaper Zing reported.

According to incomplete statistics of relevant Vietnamese agencies, 10 percent of Vietnam’s population abuse alcoholic drinks.

People in Vietnam drank over 4 billion liters in 2017, up 6 percent against 2016, said the Vietnam Beer, Alcohol and Beverage Association.

The country annually spends some 3.4 billion US dollars on beer consumption, with nearly 90 percent of the money going to foreign brewers.

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