Questions 16 to 18 are based on the passageyou have just heard.
16. What makes Asia become the world’s biggest beer-drinking continent?
A.Consumption of beer in Europe and America hasdropped.
B.More and more young people in Asia like drinkingbeer.
C.An ice-cold beer is a very popular way to relax.
D.Asia has a long history of making beer.
17. What is people's prediction about consumption of beer in Asia?
A.Increasing prosperity will show in Asia.
B.It will give way to other kinds of alcohols.
C.Soft drinks will take the place of beer.
D.It will see small scales of growing and dropping.
18. What is the bad consequence of more beer-drinking?
A.It causes more fights in public places.
B.It damages people's function of brain.
C.It changes the way of celebration.
D.It leads to more cases of alcoholism.
For over 7,000 years, Asians have been brewingbeer. But it's only in the past few years that Asia hasovertaken Europe and America to become the world'sbiggest beer-drinking continent. (16) With anincreasingly young and upwardly mobile population,there are signs of a real thirst for beer in Asia. An ice-cold beer is the perfect match for a fewpost-work snacks in a bar, and is a very popular way to relax. Asia is not renowned formaking beer, but more and more beers have been drunk in Asia. In 2011, Asians downed 67billion litres of beer—a sign of increasing prosperity on the continent. (17) With alcoholconsumption in Asia forecast to grow by 4.8% each year until 2016, brewers have everyreason to raise a glass in celebration. So what's behind this newfound taste for beer? Asia'syoung and growing population play a big part, but it also stems from the increase inprosperity in a lot of Asian countries in recent years, as people drink beer when times aregood. Some experts believe the factor in beer makes people happy and encourages them todrink more, much like with many soft drinks.
The increased popularity of beer also has some drawbacks. (18) Binge drinking, hangovers andalcoholism are on the rise throughout Asia; a real headache for health authorities. However,despite health concerns, the trend of eating, drinking and being merry continues, so drinksmanufacturers should be able to toast their successes well into the future.
【小题16】短文在讲明亚洲已经替代美洲和欧洲成为世界最大啤酒消费地之后，解释说 With an increasingly young and upwardly mobile population, there aresigns of a real thirst for beer in Asia. 即“亚洲越来越多努力上进的年轻人对啤酒比较渴望”，由此可见，亚洲成为世界最大啤酒消费地是因为有很多年轻人喜欢喝啤酒，答案为选项 B。
【小题17】此题是对亚洲啤酒的消费趋势进行提问。短文中提到 With alcohol consumption in Asiaforecast to grow by 4.8% each year until 2016...即“2016 年之前预计酒类消费会每年上涨 4.8%...”，而啤酒也属于其中一种，由此可推测啤酒的销售前景良好。因此答案为选项 A。
【小题18】短文最后提出 Binge drinking, hangovers and alcoholism are on the rise throughoutAsia...由此可知，啤酒在亚洲的流行引起了酗酒、宿醉和酒精中毒病例的上升。因此答案为选项 D。