Vietnam tops Southeast Asia for beer drinking

With nearly 2.6 billion litres of beer consumed in 2011, Vietnam ranks first in Southeast Asia for beer drinking, followed by Thailand and the Philippines.

According to Euromonitor International, Myanmar was at the bottom of the list, drinking only 30.4 million litres.

The amount of beer consumed in Myanmar, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia combined equaled only half the 1.6 billion litres drunk in the Philippines.

In 2010, Euromonitor International predicted that the Vietnamese beer market would grow rapidly. The country consumed 1.6 billion litres in 2009, which was 56 percent more than in 2004.

Earlier this year, Japanese beer company, Kirin Holdings, reported that Vietnam was among the top 25 beer consumers in the world, seeing an increase of 15 percent, behind Nigeria (17.2 percent), India (17 percent) and Brazil (16 percent).