Saint Lucia is ranked among the topfive global alcohol consuming countries by the World Health Organization (WHO) in a 2012 report.
The global study took a look at alcohol consumption, measured in terms of pure ethyl alcohol to compensate for the varying strengths of beer, wine and spirits. A spirit is described as a ‘distilled alcohol, the alcoholic content of which is higher than that of beer or wine.
According to the report Saint Lucia ranked fourth per capita in the consumption of spirits, while Caribbean neighbour Dominica ranked fifth. The other countries making the top five in the spirit consumption category are Republic of Moldova (number one), Reunion (number two) and the Russian Federation (number three).
Worldwide, some 2.5 million people die each year from the harmful use of alcohol, accounting for about 3.8 percent of all deaths, according to previous WHO data.