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Changes in alcohol consumption and deaths over the years

After coffee, onto alcohol! Took the first one of my Tableau tutorials to attempt this one.

Have we started drinking more or less over the last 3 decades? Lindsay Betzendahl’s data challenge from the article “Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016” throws up some interesting insights. Hover over each country’s circle to see the stats for the year 2016.

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Looks like people in at least some countries have been smartly reducing their daily intake and that seems to correspond to a lower alcohol related death rate. Looking at data from males of all ages - the top 10 countries where the population average of standard drinks daily has increased from 1990 to 2016 all belong to the middle SDI while the top ten that have reduced their daily drinks consumption belong to the high SDI, high income group. Even though the prevalence of drinkers has increased over the years in both cases.