According to the results of the research conducted by the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (Flacso), entitled: Study on Consumption Patterns and Harmful Alcohol Consumption in Ecuador (EPCA), alcohol consumption per capita in Ecuador is among the lowest in the region.
It is the first analysis of its kind to be held in the country. It is a sociological research that seeks to understand how and how much alcohol is being consumed in Ecuador. It also aims to become the baseline for the design of public policies.
Among the key findings of the research are these:
- Harmful alcohol consumption reach 7% of consuming population aged from 18 to 65 years-old.
- The percentage of people who have consumed at least one alcoholic drink in the last year is 71%.
- Ecuadorians consume an average of 3.7 liters of pure alcohol per adult per year.
This result places the country below the regional average of 5.8 liters, standing in the second position of lower consumption per person between 12 countries, surpassed only by the lower consumption of El Salvador (2.6 liters), being equal to the reported in the case of Peru.