Monday, May 23, 2011
This is shocking.. i didn't know that Malaysians are the 10th heaviest drinkers in the world despite only having 29 million population and despite Malaysia being a Muslim country...
According to media reports today 23th May 2011, Malaysia has been named by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the world’s 10th largest consumer of alcohol.
This unwanted "milestone" was achieved despite its small population and size. Malaysia has only 29 million population.
Statistics by the international body this year also showed that Malaysians spent over US$ 500 million (RM1.5 bilion) on alcohol with a per capita consumption of seven litres.
Beer consumption in Malaysia is 11 litres per capita.
In disclosing this, Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Heng Seai Kie said the problem of alcohol consumption in the country was getting serious.
“Alcohol is not only causing a lot of health issues but is also contributing to a significant number of accidents,” she said in Kuala Lumpur on Monday 23rd May 2011.
She said the ministry, through the National Population and Family Development Board, would hold a campaign to create awareness on the danger of alcohol abuse.
Imagine the RM1.5 billion spent by Malaysians to drink beer last year... that whopping amount can be used to build roads, houses, water and electricity supply to the rural folks especially in the interior of Sabah and Sarawak.