This graph shows the consumption of pure alcohol each year per person aged 15 and above in 2003–5. Because many countries (especially Muslim countries) have a cultural resistance to drinking alcohol, and in third-world countries the cost is expensive in real terms, New Zealand was relatively high in consumption on a world scale (27th of 185 countries surveyed) in 2003. It was also higher than some comparable western countries, such as Norway. However, there were a number of European societies where daily drinking of alcohol is common and as a result annual consumption was considerably greater than in New Zealand. New Zealand was not radically different in its level of drinking to Australia, Canada and the United States.
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