Statistics debunked the myth that Russian drink more than anyone else in the world. According to U.S. research agency Impact Databank, selling hard liquor in the United States in 2012 amounted to 226 million given that almost twice as much as in Russia. Given that the U.S. population is also two times greater than Russia, we can say that the Americans are drinking as much and Russian. In this case, the most popular drink in the two countries is vodka.
The market for spirits in the U.S. is growing for several years. In 2012, the demand for alcoholic beverages increased by 3% to 226 million made, according to Impact Databank. According to the American industry association Distilled Spirits Council (DiSCus), sales of spirits in the United States last year totaled 224.3 million dal.
In Russia, according to the Federal State Statistics Service, in 2012 the production of beverages stronger than 25 degrees was 113 million made. The experts believe that the volume of consumption was lower, as producers stockpiled before the significant increase in excise tax in 2013. Imports of spirits in the last year was 12.5 million dal. Data on exports of Russian vodka yet, but in recent years its volume approximately corresponds to imports.
The U.S. population is twice the size of Russia — 315 million versus 143 million. Therefore, the consumption of spirits per capita U.S. is comparable to the domestic.
The most popular beverage in the United States continues to be the vodka: of the top 25 brands of spirits are 12 vodka. The leader is vodka Smirnoff (owned by Diageo), with sales in the U.S. gave 10890000 (up to 2.1% in 2011). Smirnoff was the main rival of rum Baccardi (10,67 million made, according to Impact).
See also Alcohol consumption in European countries