The graph depicts trends in overall alcohol consumption in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, and the United States for years 1970, 1980, and 1990.
The vertical axis depicts alcohol consumed in 0 to 18 liters, in increments of 2. The horizontal axis-from left to right-depicts Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, and the United States. Consumption totals for these countries are listed in respective order for years 1970, 1980, and 1990. France has the highest level (16.2 liters; 14.9 liters; and 12.7 liters); followed by Germany (10.3; 11.4; 10.6); Australia (8.1; 9.6; 8.4); the United Kingdom (5.3; 7.3; and 7.6); Canada (6.1; 8.6; and 7.5); Japan (4.6; 5.4; and 6.5); and the United States (6.7; 8.2; and 7.5). Abstainers and occasional consumers are included along with heavy users in the base figures.
(Source: the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, Ninth Special Report to the U.S. Congress on Alcohol and Health.)