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The U.S. ranks 27th in alcohol

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, in 2009 the United States had an alcohol supply of 6.8 kilograms per person, which was enough to make the United States rank twenty-seventh out of one hundred seventy-four countries ranked in that category. Estonia ranked first, with an alcohol supply of 19.5 kilograms per person.

  1. Adam
    12 November 2012 at 9:16 am

    Mark,
    Thanks a lot for your work on this site. I teach government and politics at the high school level and have discovered a similar trend in my students to the one you describe (in the NYT article) with a slight varient. When I provide a comparison between the way our system works and one from another country, list the strenghts and weaknesses of each system, then ask kids to say which they think is best they will often choose ours and for their “evidence” or “reasons” why they think ours is better the answer will be “because that’s what we do.”

    I don’t know if you’ve ever seen it, but I thought you might enjoy a book called “The Atlas of the Real World” by Dorling, Newman and Barford. It has hundreds of maps showing each country of the world sized by some trait other than geographic size (toy imports, for example). It does a great job in helping kids to complicate their thinking, as you put it.

  2. Mark
    12 November 2012 at 9:30 am

    Thanks! I didn’t know the book, but have just ordered it.

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