Greece’s love for wine is a well known fact. However, a recent map puts this affection into a relative perspective.
According to a statistical map that compares annual per capita wine consumption in Europe, Greeks are the eighth highest wine consumers in the continent, as the country drinks 37 litres of wine per capita on an annual basis.
The results, which were compiled by writer Jacub Marian, found that Portugal is Europe’s most avid wine consumer with each Portuguese person drinking 55 litres of wine per year. The French are a close second, with a per capita wine consumption of 53 litres per year. The map further shows that each Turkish person drinks just 1 litre of wine per year.
The map is based on a World Health Organisation study released in 2014 that provides data on total alcohol consumption as well as alcohol in the form of wine consumption in various countries.
“To get the amount in litres, I took the total amount of alcohol consumed per capita, multiplied it by the fraction of alcohol consumed in the form of wine, and divided the result by 0.13, which is approximately the average alcohol content in wine. The number should therefore be thought of as the number of “standardized litres of wine” consumed and does not take into account possible regional preferences regarding the type of wine consume,” Marian writes.