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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Croatians High Among World’s Biggest Drinkers (But Near Bottom Of The List For Homicides & Voilence...Now That's Great News)







A summer outdoor bar scene in the capital city of Zagreb. Over the years many drinkers of alcohol based adult beverages converge at purveyors of such kinds of drinks, or hang around places that serve such types of drinks and they consume said drinks in various amounts, fizzy and non-fizzy variety and sometimes even with added juices and mini-umbrellas of course. But what does it really mean?...





It's generally known that Croatians are big coffee drinkers, the cafes and coffee shops patios are found practically everywhere you go, if you go downtown in any of the larger cities and towns especially in the summer it's usually cafes and patios teeming with people having various caffeine drinks. (It's true. I saw it many times, it's almost like a religion come evenings). For this reason Croatia is usually high on the world lists for consumers of coffee. However this recent not very important news put out by the World Health Organization I found interesting enough to throw in here for a few reasons, not because I particularly believe all the various polls and lists seen floating around the internetworld regarding whatever topics, but in this case firstly probably to get rid of any misconceptions that a reader may initially have after reading, such as maybe immediately getting visions of people drunk and passed out in alleyways, on sidewalks and in parks all over the country, drooling and still holding their drink in hand, stuff like that.

Nothing could be further from the truth though, you'll see that the related facts and statistics make this topic great fantastic news actually. Drinking beer, wine and alcohol in general is a Croatian traditional and cultural thing of course, and has been for many centuries and especially come the holidays, a tradition carried over from the times we were still all pagan tribes in antiquity and enjoyed various meads and then wines. I personally don't drink much these days, but I do still enjoy a tasty cold beer, good wine or liquor occasionally, which is why I posted this one. (even today there are a number of annual beer and wine themed festivals and events, some of which extend back centuries, some previous posts links at the bottom explain more)

Like I said, and then there are some other less well known but interesting related facts and figures to take into account also. After browsing the source interactive map at thedailyviz.com and source of the article, one can notice the countries that are at the opposite end of the drinking per capita spectrum. That being the muslim countries of the middle east and elsewhere. I don't think I have to explain further about that if one even occasionally and briefly reads or watches the news, drinking alcohol is forbidden in their religion, Heck, I'd pick a drinking nation culture, country or civilization any day over one that is constantly imploding upon itself because of a failed religious and civilizational system and ideals full of massacres, beheadings, terrorists/extremists, hostage taking, suicide attacks, various national and private armies and then offshoot organizations bombing and fighting neighbours and each other back and forth all over the place for just pieces of rubble or caves in the desert somewhere, so as to proclaim that it is their holy rubble, before of course the other side/sides regroups to attack and bomb the rubble further making more rubble and then takes it back again in the name of whatever, etc and so forth, but then blaming the enemy western infidel EU and Nato nations for their woes and declaring revenge about something. Even destroying ancient Roman buildings and other historic remains from antiquity. Yep, sipping a cold beer in an infidel alcohol drinking nation and civilization sounds pretty good and normal to me.

And then there are other scenarios also, it gets even more interesting when other related factors are considered. That being because I discovered Croatians are simultaneously also near the very bottom of the world list in terms of per capita voilent crimes, robberies, assaults, acid throwing in the face, muggings and especially in the category of...murders. A lower rate than even Canada believe it or not, with Canada having a murder rate almost double to Croatia's rate, which of course everyone knows is mostly just buffalos, moose, caribous, lumberjack contests and chuckwagon races anyway, where everyone walks around in Roots clothing all the time chewing beef jerky (when not hunting for maple syrup or baking maple cookies while whistling k.d lang and Men Without Hats songs of course). And way less than lots of countries, for example Brazil has a murder rate that's over 25 times higher than Croatia and even a lot of other EU countries, and more than 50,000 homicides annually. That's more like an annual Middle East war zone casualties statistic than a country homicide rate. I think it's good to know you can freely drink your beer or wine or whatever in public and that you're in a bottom of the list of voilence country, a recipe for good enjoyable times and refreshing cold drinks. Basically, the way I see it being near the very bottom of a world per capita homicides list is actually a good thing and something beneficial to the society and civilization probably.





Gaga bar and lounge is one of the numerous pubs and bars in the city of Split and especially in the summer it is strangely occupied by...drinkers of alcohol based beverages. (It really does seem bizarrely odd and strange and probably absurd to many probably, but it's true)




Because it's ironic that although Croatia is high near the top of the list for per capita drinking, after browsing the source list of countries by intentional homicide rate, Croatia is at the rate of only about 0.08 per 100,000 (that's amazing, a measly 36 homicides during the whole calendar year in the whole country, there's more murders and violent crimes even in just the city of Toronto than all of Croatia), and which is again in the same less than 1.0 ballpark range as Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Czechia, Denmark, Poland, Iceland, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Spain and a few others hanging right around the 1.0 mark. I even came across a few other charts on the web where Croatia was listed even lower at 0.06 and 0.07 per capita. (wouldn't this be a justifiable reason for Croats, even the world over, to selectively commit more homicides so as to equalize world homicide rates across the field more evenly and fairly among the nations? I think they should because it's probably the right and fair thing to do probably). I think a large part of the reason is probably because Croatia is not a Muslim country or even have many Muslim religion people until just very recently, as well as no Mormons or Jehova Witnesses or similar to speak of. Basically, when your per capita murder rate is in the same ballpark as Switzerland, Iceland and Sweden, then that's nothing to complain about or be ashamed of. I could be wrong but I think so anyway, and I'm taking a stand on this issue for the sake of the reader.




Abba seen drinking beers back in the day, which proves some of my mentioned points as per the televangelist-crime pendulum statistics and related statistics. (In this case holiday special dark beers called Julöl, an ale with distinctive aroma of roasted malt and hints of dried fruit)




Now of course for the drinking and homicide rates in some of the countries such as the U.S. and Canada especially, they can of course be categorized further for more accurate statistics and results from the general population, because everyone knows there are numerous ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds which can have vastly different results from one to the other and large differences in both of these categories, (governments actually do keep track of those numbers too for statistical purposes, just something to keep in mind when it comes to these types of lists and rankings). I even came across a number of countries that were the complete opposite, as in way lower than Croatia in the drinking alcohol category, even almost at 0, but also way higher in the homicides category, how's that for interestingly wierd. (It's almost like that infernal televangelist-crime pendelum of irony vortex I've mentioned before, where the more televangelists, their offshoots and related religious subversives, their tours, shows, books and various made up invented nonsensical flat earth stories and commie one-worlder utopianist crap increases, then the more crime and voilence likewise simultaneously increases proportionally and vice versa, literally feeding off of each other yet also strengthening each other like a sickly bizarre pendulum of chaos and dross for your Sunday and weekday entertainment, except in this case the wine, beer and spirits alcohol drinks literally and factually do help to sustain a safer society/culture and save lives, and vice versa, ipso facto). So there you go, it's an easy math and formula to figure out...ample choices of and presence of alcohol drinks and/or drinkers combined with extremely low homicide rates is a win-win situation, statistics simply don't lie.




A typical party scene in Rio I came across but I don't see anyone holding beers or any adult alcohol beverages though. I think this recent world drinking list may partly explain.




At the end of the day, then being 4th in the world in terms of per capita drinkers of alcohol is really fantastic and great news actually, and even something to be proud of in a way. (ie; only if low homicide rates are of importantance to the reader). Statistics say put that wine (Croatian; vino) on the shelf, plum brandy (Croatian; rakija/šljivovica) in the cupboard or beer (Croatian; pivo) in the fridge without an ounce of guilt or worry. (just don't drink and drive or play with weaponry afterwards of course)

* I updated by adding an excerpt at the bottom from a previous fact filled Croatian beers post, even if not a drinker of alcohol it's still pretty interesting and good to know.





Croatians Among World’s Biggest Drinkers According To World Health Organization





Source: croatiaweek.com


Croatia has been ranked 4th in the world out of 186 countries for alcohol consumption, according to data from the World Health Organization.

Only Belarus, Lithuania and the Czech Republic are nations that consume more alcohol per- capita than Croatia, the detailed report revealed.

Belarus topped the list with a per-capita rate of 17.3 litres of alcohol consumed annually. Croatia was in 4th place with an average of 12.18 litres of alcohol drunk per person annually.





The popular Tkalčićeva Street in the historic medieval Gornji Grad–Medveščak district of the city of Zagreb is a long line of bars, restaurants, pubs, cafes and...alcohol drinkers. (According to statistics this makes it one of the safest places to be in the world)




The report breaks down the alcohol consumption into categories also with Croatians favouring mostly wine and beer. Out of the 12.18 litres drunk per-capita, 5.89 litres were wine and beer was close behind at 4.7 litres, while 1.2 litres of spirits was consumed per capita.

America’s rate is around 8.7 litres per-capita, just ahead of Canada who consumed 8.2 litres. Australia was ranked 23rd in the world with around 10 litres and the UK in 18th spot with 10.67 litres per-capita annually consumed.





At Basket pub, the oldest pub in the city of Split and strangely usually occupied by drinkers of various alcohol adult beverages. (ie: the beers, wines and liquors discussed earlier)




The report showed that wine was more popular in Western Europe, with the Austrians and Germans the biggest beer consumers. Eastern European led the way when it came to spirit consumption. Croatia was highest in the wine and beer categories, with spirits being consumed more often around the holidays and special occasions.

Check out the detailed report at thedailyviz.com.





As mentioned earlier, when other related factors are also considered, then being near the top of the list of per capita alcohol drinkers in the world actually makes Croatia a more interesting country and also safer. I should also remind that the ranking does not mean Croatia is a nation of alcoholics because nothing could be further from the truth, the amounts are "Annual liters per person". (because I've come across lots of people over the years who drink similar amounts just over a weekend)





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*Below is an excerpt from a tips for buying Croatian beers post from July, 2016.





A Beer Price Guide to Croatia 2016, What Are The Differences?...





Karlovačko is one of the two best selling beer brands in Croatia, at 5.4% alcohol it is brewed in and named after the city of Karlovac since 1854. *Note - 10 Croatian Kuna will run you about $1.91. (For those not in know, the logo of the beer brand Karlovačko actually is the official city of Karlovac coat of arms dating back to 1781)





Source: www.total-croatia-news.com


We all know that nothing quenches your thirst better on a blistering hot summer day than an ice cold beer. We also know that drinking beer in Croatia is almost as necessary as drinking water. You almost never see a cafe table without a half liter sitting pretty atop it, and you know all the local bars are pumping up taps with your favorites. Since beer is considered the cheapest way to drink in Croatia (and the definite quickest way to get drunk) what does cheap beer mean in Croatia and how do you know when you’re getting ripped off? We’re here to bring you the beer pricing guide to Croatia in hopes that you’ll never order wrongly at a bar or restaurant again.

The cheapest beers you can get: Obviously, whatever is domestic is typically going to be the best bang for your buck. Pan, Karlovačko, and Ožujsko run about 12kn for a 0.3 liter, and about 15kn-20kn for 0.5 liters. Paying upwards of 20kn for any of these is a rip off, and even paying 20kn for these beers is a steep price. Another great thing? You can find domestic beers in 2 liter plastic bottles in supermarkets for around 15kn, so if you’re really trying to budget your drinking, you know where to go.

Croatian craft beers: Croatia is currently going through a craft beer revolution, and with that comes some great new beers, at prices still reasonable for the product. Craft beers such as Barba, Zmajska, Medvedgrad, and Nova Runda name just a few of the bustling bunch of craft beers we have in the country now. You can typically get 0.3 liters of a Croatian craft beer for about 15kn-18kn, and 20kn-24kn for 0.5 liters.




Just a few of the newer Croatian microbrewery and regional craft beers available at pubs, bars, patios and restaurants in Croatia these days. Image: TripAdvisor.



 Osječka Pivovara (Osijek Brewery - www.pivovara.hr) in the city of Osijek is actually the oldest Croatian brewery and beer brand, they've been making beer for over 300 years in Croatia and its history officially dates back to 1664, (although it was being brewed for decades even before that), which makes it officially the oldest Croatian beer. It's actually even older than the popular oldest British beer and brewery Shepherd Neame. (see days-of-first-croatian-beer-osijecka post for more)




Other top 6 best selling Croatian beers includes Tomislav, (named after the first officially recorded Croatian King Tomislav from the year 925 of course), it's the second strongest beer in Croatia with a 7.3% alcohol content...



Velebitsko, brewed near Gospić on the Velebit mountains in the Lika region by the Pivovara Ličanka (Ličanka Brewery), has alcohol content of 5.1% and 6.0% for the dark lager...



Vukovarsko beer is named after the eastern town of Vukovar, interestingly it is produced naturally according to the Bavarian Beer Purity Act of 1516 with absolutely no preservatives and is 4.5% alcohol...



...and Pan pivo/Pan beer. (pronounced like "Pawn" or "Pon", short for Panonska Pivovara/Pannonian Brewery established in 1971 in the city of Koprivnica), now part of Carlsberg Croatia this beer was introduced to the Croatian market in 1997 and includes lager, light, and lemon beer. This beer has also been a regular sponsor of the Zagreb Bears hockey team (KHL Medveščak Zagreb) and related sports and entertainment events including the popular annual Špancirfest...



Interestingly, Daruvarska Pivovara (Daruvar Brewery) in the town of Daruvar has been producing beer officially since 1840 and today it brews mainly popular regional beers. It makes Daruvarsko beer but its most well known popular brand is Staročeško beer (Old Czech Beer). It was named after Czech immigrants to the Daruvar town region and has been produced under this name since 1893, it is also the only Croatian beer using a traditional Czech recipe. (The town of Daruvar still today is the political and cultural centre of the Czech minority in Croatia, see post daruvar-croatia-festival-beer-festival). In addition to light beer, under the same name the Daruvar brewery makes Staročeško red, Staročeško winter, Staročeško 10 (slightly less alcohol) and Staročeško limun (lemon radler). More interesting background information about this less well known Daruvar Brewery and their beers at www.starocesko.com, but it's in Croatian though.



Among other beer brands is Hajdučko pivo (Hajduk beer), oriented mostly towards fans of the football club in the city of Split, but also available throughout the coastal Dalmatia region. Brewed by Carlsberg Croatia in the city of Koprivnica it is a pale lager with 4.5% alcohol content, Carlsberg made a promotional contract in 2011 whereby 1 Croatian Kuna from every litre sold went to the Hajduk Split football club. (Coincidentally to the previously mentioned beer, HNK Hajduk Split football club was officially founded in 1911 while drinking beers at the U Fleků pub in Prague. (more about that at hajduk-split-plaque-hangs-in-u-fleku-prague)



Also worth mentioning is a few of the beers available from Croatia's 1st microbrewery Pivnica Medvedgrad, based in Zagreb and celebrating it's 20th year. Grička Vještica is the strongest Croatian beer with 7.5% alcohol. (It's especially popular with the historical reenactment actors and crowds because it's similar to what they drank in medieval times)




Bottled beers: If you’re getting a domestic bottled beer, you’ll usually be paying the same price as draft, give or take a few kuna. Imported beers are where you need to watch out, as those can knock you back 25kn and upwards just for a 0.3 liter! At the end of the day, we have so many good beers here it’s usually never worth it to order a Corona (why?) or anything relatively similar.

Where you’re drinking: Another massive factor that will come into play with your beer drinking is where you’re drinking it. Split and Zagreb for instance boast some of the cheapest beer prices for Croatia, and being the one and two largest cities in Croatia, that’s pretty reasonable. If you’re in Old Town Dubrovnik and Hvar Town? Good luck. Since those destinations are known as tourist traps and attractions, they’ll up the prices generously. And by generously we mean starting prices for 0.3 liters are around 20kn. Pintprices.com even justified this, naming the average price for a pint in the city of Zagreb is €1.45, in Split €1.84, on the island of Hvar starting at €2.3 (this is not for Hvar town), and Dubrovnik a whopping €3.22.

The very basics of modern-day beers and beer brewing hasn't changed much in many centuries, not since German monks introduced hops as a vitally important main ingredient, codified and recorded their recipes and started brewing beer in their monasteries during medieval times, water was unsanitary many times, equipment was not always hygienically clean and without hops the ales would spoil very quickly (historically "ale" being a type of beer brewed without hops). Interestingly, beer was actually the most consumed beverage already and an important source of nutrition in the medieval world, it was drank by children, nursing mothers, the old and the sick and everyone in between. A pretty cool Croatian site these days devoted to all sorts of beer news topics, articles, new and retro images/posters and the interesting history of beer in Croatia up to today, as well as in Europe and elsewhere around the world is www.pivnica.net.




As an example, Tkalčićeva Ulica/Street near the central upper old town section of Zagreb is a long pedestrians only street that is mostly 18th-19th century buildings and bar after pub after patio and more of the same, a popular place to head out in the summer especially and where lots of different beers are available. It's sort of the rundown ghetto part of the city where crack whores are plentiful and most of the people are just mutant riff-raff types, (even worse than Walmart people), it's quite disgusting and appalling. But I spent a fair amount of time here during my times in Zagreb and I can vouch that local domestic beers were by far the most seen on tables, ordered and drank by customers, same goes in Rijeka, Zadar, Split and other locations I was at.



And lastly rounding out the top 6 list is Ožujsko beer. (named after "Ožujak" which in Croatian is the month of March). Brewed by Zagrebačka Pivovara which was founded in 1892, it's currently the most popular best selling beer brand in Croatia and is a lager beer with 5% alcohol content. Along with Karlovačko pivo they are the most sold beers and can be found pretty well anywhere you go in the country.




All in all, be conscious, be aware, and use this guide so as to not get ripped off. Beer is love and we want you to enjoy it just as badly as you want to enjoy it. Order wisely!





And lastly as supplementary information for the benefit of the reader. Besides being well known as a natural conditioner/shampoo for smoother, shinier highlights and softer hair, remember there are also many other less well known and beneficial uses for beer besides just drinking it. (beer is like magic in a way when you think about it)






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