Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Top 25 Drunkest Countries In The World

From CBS News and Spinderfella, who's working hard to get America back in the top ten.

A 2011 report by the World Health Organization states that 2.5 million deaths per year are caused by alcohol. "Almost 4% of all deaths worldwide," the report says, "are attributed to alcohol, greater than deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, violence or tuberculosis."

Taking into account government data, surveys conducted by WHO, and other sources, the report provides a snapshot of alcohol consumption in the organization's 193 member countries.

According to WHO, rates of consumption are generally highest in the developed world and rates of abstention are generally lowest in countries with large Muslim populations.

The report looked at alcohol consumed in various forms (including beer, wine and spirits), but the numbers listed are given in terms of the average amount of pure alcohol consumed annually per capita in each country.

25. Latvia - 3.30 gal./person
24. Finland - 3.31 gal./person
23. Germany - 3.38 gal./person
22. Luxembourg - 3.44 gal./person
21. Austria - 3.50 gal./person
20. Netherlands - 3.50 gal./person
19. Slovakia - 3.52 gal./person
18. Denmark - 3.53 gal./person
17. United Kingdom - 3.53 gal./person
16. France - 3.61 gal./person
15. Ireland - 3.81 gal./person
14. Portugal - 3.84 gal./person
13. South Korea - 3.91 gal./person
12. Lithuania - 3.97 gal./person
11. Croatia - 3.99 gal./person
10. Belarus - 4.00 gal./person
9. Slovenia - 4.01 gal./person
8. Romania - 4.04 gal./person
7. Andorra - 4.09 gal./person
6. Estonia - 4.11 gal./person
5. Ukraine - 4.12 gal./person
4. Russia - 4.16 gal./person
3. Hungary - 4.30 gal./person
2. Czech Republic - 4.35 gal./person
1. Moldova - 4.81 gal./person

The U.S. ranked 56th at 2.49 gal./person. Last place was Yemen, with 0.01 gal./person.


  1. Disappointed Australia didn't make this list. Will try for next year. *In the meantime, planning holiday in Moldova

  2. I can't imagine there being much else to do in the first 12 countries besides drink!

  3. Woo hoo! South Korea #1 in the non-former-Soviet-commie world. (If you don't count Andorra, which isn't a real country since it's no bigger than three Winnebagos hitched together).

    Korea makes the list because (a) cheap taxis to get you home, (b) cheap by-phone drive-your-car-home services, (c) a corporate culture where you must keep drinking if your boss is still drinking and you want to keep your job, and (d) constant need to make yourself forget that Kim Jong-il and his ilk are just a few miles away and trying to kill you.

  4. Having lived in the UK for a few years and traveled to another 9 of the countries on this list, I can't speak for some of 'em, but I was CERTAIN that the UK and Finland would've both been in the top 5.

  5. I can't believe we have beaten the UK. Go France !

  6. Thanks Kushibo for explaining the South Korea thing, I had no idea. Hungary, now you are talking. Party all time, it's like the 80s never ended.

  7. # 12 on the list - LITHUANIA - is a great place to visit....



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