Many countries drink comparatively little alcohol, usually because of religious or cultural beliefs, but to other nations boozing is not only a recreational activity, it’s a way of life. Here are the top 10 drunkest nations, according to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), based on alcohol consumed per person per country.
In 2012, this Eastern European country drank 10.76 liters per person, choosing spirits over beer and wine.
Germans have been drinking less and less each year over the past decade, apart from a slight jump in 2006. Beer is the most common tipple and Germans drink the third highest amount out of all the nations on the list.
Russians drink very little wine (1.23 liters per person) compared to spirits (5.64 liters) – unsurprising given the country’s reputation for fine vodka.
After hitting their highest levels of alcohol consumption in 2006, Hungarians have generally been imbibing less. Although beer is drunk the most, spirit and wine intake isn’t far behind.
Luxembourg is the smallest country on the list, with a population of just 555,000, yet its inhabitants drink the sixth highest amount of booze in the world, although consumption is generally dropping. Luxembourgians particularly enjoy wine, drinking the second highest amount of vino on this list.
In 2004 Ireland was drinking the most alcohol ever recorded in a Western European country at an average of 14.24 liters per person. Since then figures have generally decreased. The Irish love beer and are second in the world for beer consumption.
France’s drinking levels are lowest since records began in 2000 but the country still comes in the top five, largely because of its consumption of wine, with an average seven liters per person drunk in 2012, which is by far the highest of all the nations.
3) CZECH REPUBLIC
The Czech Republic’s annual alcohol levels have always hovered between the 12.5-13.5 liter mark, with beer being by far the most popular drink. Per head, the Czechs consume more beer than any other country on the list.
This Eastern European country’s alcohol intake has grown incrementally since 2000 – from nine liters per head up to nearly 14.5 liters now. Spirits and then beer are the drinks of choice, with very little wine consumed.
Belarus is the only country to have hit 15 liters and over per head, though levels have dropped slightly. Not much wine or beer is drunk, instead spirits and other alcoholic beverages are imbibed. Belarusians drink more spirits than any other nation with their neighbours Russia and Lithuania coming a close second and third respectively.