Costa Rica has the 4th highest rate of alcoholism in Latin America

first_imgThe beer-loving Central American country had the fourth highest rate of alcohol dependence in the region, though it was not significantly higher than the regional average.The World Health Organization (WHO) published a worldwide study (PDF) on alcohol consumption and its effects last Monday. WHO measured consumption rates, favorite types of alcohol, and side effects such as addiction, road accidents and liver cirrhosis.Perú reported the highest rate of alcoholism, at 4.9 percent of its population, followed by Colombia and Belize. Costa Rica reported a rate of 3.1 percent, barely edging out 27 other countries in the region who reported rates between 2.9 percent and 2.5 percent. For comparison, the U.S. had a rate of 4.7 percent.Costa Rica also ranked fifth in the region for alcohol disorders. WHO defines disorders as including “acute intoxication, harmful use, dependence syndrome, withdrawal syndrome, (with and without delirium), psychotic disorders, and amnesic syndrome.” Once again Perú, Belize and Colombia outranked Costa Rica on this related category, with Guyana edging ahead.On other measures, Costa Rica was average or below average for the region. Among those who drank, Costa Ricans consumed an average of 10.5 liters of pure alcohol per year, which was 26th out of 33 countries. Heavy drinking rates ranked Costa Rica 16th in the region. Approximately 49 percent of Costa Ricans said they never drank or had not drank in the past year, which was the 12th highest rate in the region. Fatal consequences of drinking such as traffic accidents and liver cirrhosis were low in Costa Rica, ranking 22nd.Explore the difference in drink choices, consumption and the consequences of drinking across the region below.Dashboard 1 Learn About TableauThe smallest Central American country was an interesting case in the statistics. Belize led the region in per capita consumption among drinkers, at 29.8 liters of pure alcohol per year. However, 71.4 percent of Belizeans reported never drinking or not drinking in the last year, the highest rate in the region. Paraguay reported the highest rates of heavy drinking with 33.9 percent of the population saying they consumed 60 grams or more in one occasion in the past 30 days.Overall, alcohol consumption and related problems were higher for men than women in every country, while abstention rates were higher for women. Mexico had the largest gender divide, where, among drinkers, men consumed an average of 12.3 liters of pure alcohol more per year than women did. Costa Rica had one of the most egalitarian drinking rates, with men only consuming 4.3 liters more than women, the third closest rate in the region. Costa Rican alcohol consumption over time. Beer consumption has climbed recently, surpassing liquor around the turn of the century, while overall consumption has declined. From the World Health Organization Facebook Comments Related posts:Alcohol consumption in Costa Rica is the second lowest on the continent, study finds Dodging dengue: World’s first dengue vaccine shows promise in mass study In the US, people are drinking themselves to death at record rates Alcohol still the most popular drug in Costa Ricalast_img read more

Kauai Hawaii – Reported by Elite Traveler the P

first_imgKaua’i, Hawaii – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAs part of a new partnership with Malie Organics, the St. Regis Princeville Resort is offering a new bespoke spa experience, featuring completely customized holistic spa products, in the onsite Halele’a Spa.Malie Organics founder Dana Roberts will work one-on-one with guests to create custom-blended products that meet their own unique needs and preferences. Products from the company’s new Laha’ole Pure Rituals collection, designed exclusively for the resort, feature local ingredients like taro root, ginger, coffee berry and Kaua’i clay, all chosen for their healing properties.“Our goal is to develop completely unique spa experiences for our guests,” said Roberts. “Using only Hawaii’s freshest ingredients to make our products, we can design a fully customized program to best suit each client’s needs.”The Bespoke Spa Experience includes a private consultation with Roberts, which begins in the guest’s room with a selection of hand-blended Hawaiian hydrosols—tinctures that have been used for therapeutic purposes for centuries that are then mixed with champagne, water or juice for guests to sip on during the consultation process. Next, guests select their custom products before heading to the spa to enjoy treatments like a purifying bath soak, body exfoliation and lomi lomi massage. Post-treatment, the resort can ship products to a guest’s home so they can take a little piece of spa bliss back with them.To kick off the treatment’s launch, St. Regis is offering a Bespoke Spa Experience Package that includes a five-night stay in a St. Regis Suite, private consultation and treatments, daily breakfast and an oceanfront dinner for two, featuring spa-inspired cuisine.www.stregisaficionado.comlast_img read more