Countries by Alcohol Consumption

We made a list of the top 22 countries in terms of per-capita alcohol consumption. How many can you name?
For people at least 15 years old
"Drink" = 1.5 ounce shot of 80 proof alcohol
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Last updated: November 4, 2020
First submittedMarch 19, 2012
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Drinks / day
Country
3.16
Seychelles
2.33
Uganda
2.22
Czech Republic
2.04
Lithuania
1.99
Germany
1.99
Ireland
1.99
Luxembourg
1.98
Latvia
Drinks / day
Country
1.96
Bulgaria
1.96
Spain
1.90
France
1.85
Austria
1.85
Burkina Faso
1.85
Portugal
1.84
Slovenia
Drinks / day
Country
1.81
Poland
1.81
Romania
1.78
Montenegro
1.78
Switzerland
1.76
Belarus
1.76
Moldova
1.76
United Kingdom
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Level ∞
Nov 4, 2020
Russia has fallen off the list with the latest update. In the year 2000, they would have been #2.
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Level 76
Oct 20, 2014
Didn't realize how thirsty they are in Hungary!
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Level 27
Nov 17, 2014
Wait until you see Belarus.
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Level 40
May 8, 2017
Ha Ha Ha... Punny
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Level 83
Sep 14, 2018
There was a post-World War 1 saying reflecting on the good old days' history, "Austria was Hungary and took a piece of Turkey".
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Level 71
Oct 23, 2014
Grenada defeated me :s
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Level 68
Oct 28, 2014
Same here.
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Level 68
Oct 28, 2014
I could imagine the amount is measured by the volume sold in shops, divided by the country's population. Andorra's result would then be explained by the low booze prices (no taxes!) attracting lots of French and Spanish people, who go back home and have their drinks in Spain or France, not in Andorra.
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Level 44
Nov 13, 2014
I believe it is not measured like that. In some countries people mostly produce drinks on their own, they don't buy it.
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Level ∞
Nov 4, 2020
The methodology corrects for tourist consumption.
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Level 81
Nov 5, 2014
We weren't on the previous list, but I knew we were close. Not surprising to see Finland there. - Somehow though seems a lot of countries think they drink more than those next to them.
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Level 59
Jun 10, 2017
Finland - discoverer of the 'Phil Collins-Darra'. All hail the Suomi National Drinking Team.
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Level 64
Nov 13, 2014
I was surprised that Germany, Ireland etc. didn't make the list until I actually read the info about it being rather high proof alcohol. If it was about beet we'd see some others there. I know people from Eastern Europe, whenever they visit the rest of their family they bring back the seriously high proof, self produced stuff. Smelling it takes your socks off already.
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Level 64
Nov 13, 2014
*beer
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Level 78
Jan 26, 2021
If wine and beer were included in the stats I think there would be a much different list of answers.
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Level 37
Nov 13, 2014
Grenada and Andorra?? I should've thought of the Mini states to be fair but I gave up when San Marino didn't work.
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Level 72
Mar 14, 2016
Since I took this right after the highest life expectancy quiz and Andorra was very high on that list, I'm surprised to find they are such lushes! Go, Andorra: you seem to have found the secret to both longevity *and* fun!
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Level 30
Nov 13, 2014
That's a great effort from little Grenada. Tiny Caribbean island out-drinking the Irish, who'd have thought it?
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Level 72
Mar 15, 2016
Don't they have a big medical school and a big veterinary school there? Either of those programs of study are pretty intense, and may drive their students to drink 🍺🍸🍷🍹🍻🍾
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Level 20
Nov 13, 2014
100% with 1:59 left
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Level 32
Nov 13, 2014
Wait why isn't Estonia on the list with her Baltic friends?
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Level 81
Nov 14, 2014
someone has to be the designated driver.
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Level 75
Aug 2, 2016
And here was me thinking Tallinn was a party town.
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Level 70
Nov 3, 2016
They are the Finns who drink in Tallinn.
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Level 66
May 3, 2017
If all Finns drank at home, not in Estonia, they would've been in top-5
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Level 79
Nov 4, 2020
Sipped a beer or two on the ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki watching Finns finish a case and then cart 4-5 cases off the ferry for home consumption. My airbnb host went to Tallinn every four months to see his dentist (90% less than in Finland) and stocked up on alcohol while there,
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Level 83
Nov 10, 2020
No way, then Estonia gets to control the radio in the car ride home. Have you ever seen Eurovision?
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Level 74
Nov 15, 2014
To be taken with a grain of salt, or shot of something. As a veteran of some years in Africa, I can attest that much of what is consumed is several countries is home produced, hence likely to escape official stats. (And WHO -- and the UN in general -- is not a reliable source of info.) I can't believe that a few countries of southern Africa, e.g. Zambia, don't deserve a listing here.
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Level 15
Feb 2, 2015
100% awesome :-)
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Level 68
Apr 3, 2015
I got 15 but I'm mad because I tried Moldova but misspelled it as Moldava.
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Level 53
Apr 25, 2015
I tried USA and Germany and got bored and quit. lol
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Level 70
Jan 22, 2016
Tell the truth, you went off for a drink!
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Level 58
Mar 18, 2016
I mean, I already had a drink, so when I came across this quiz I figured I might as well take it!
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Level 53
Apr 20, 2016
Ironically, I don't drink. lol
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Level 63
Jan 25, 2021
So you're just lazy and boring? Got it.
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Level 24
May 9, 2015
As estonian who sees a lot of drinking around this test was a shock - our neighbours were all included.
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Level 90
Sep 12, 2015
Eastern Europe is well represented in this one.
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Level 65
Dec 27, 2015
Is it supposed to say "per-capital" in the description for some reason?
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Level 72
Mar 14, 2016
Yes, quizmaker, I think you meant "per capita" (no hyphen in there either), although "per capital" might also make for an interesting (albeit really challenging) quiz. (For instance, do they drink more in Oslo than we do here in Washington, DC? Who knows?!)
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Level 58
Mar 18, 2016
That would be interesting! I'm thinking Washington, D.C. would definitely win, though.
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Level 70
Jun 29, 2016
No, I think Canberra would beat Washington,,,,,,,,,, all those government long lunches with beers, wines, champagne, brandy all on expenses.
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Level 63
Jan 25, 2021
I think London would be up there too.
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Level 81
Dec 15, 2017
Measured per capital Bolivia and South Africa end up lower in the rankings.
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Level 70
Jan 22, 2016
I first tried all those countries that are very cold, windswept freezing plains, snow and ice for months on end (If I was living somewhere like that I would have a place on this list by myself)
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Level 74
Jan 22, 2016
Several African countries, most from the eastern to southern part of the continent, would be included here if data were more readily available, which it isn't partly because various local brews are often home-produced and not commercially sold. I speak from experience.
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Level 50
Jun 12, 2016
Dat Eastern Bloc depression
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Level 63
Oct 8, 2016
You see all these countries, then all of a sudden, Grenada pops up out of nowhere. It seems so out of place in this quiz. Also, can Czechia be accepted in this quiz.
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Level 75
Nov 3, 2016
Disappointing New Zealand doesn't make the list. Unfortunately the nanny state has diminished our performance in this area. Cheers all.
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Level ∞
Nov 3, 2016
Fun fact. In New Zealand a standard shot of alcohol is 25 mL. For some reason they call this amount a "double". In Ireland it is 35. In the U.S. it is about 46 mL.
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Level 37
Nov 3, 2016
It is merely a coincidence that 15 of the 20 countries listed are former communist countries?
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Level 55
Jan 25, 2021
There are no confidences.
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Level 24
Nov 3, 2016
Surprised to not see Slovenia, lithuania or bosnia and herzegovina

But I saw Serbia and the other baltic states

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Level 60
Nov 3, 2016
You know half of Bosnia's population is Muslim right?
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Level 24
Nov 14, 2016
Estonia I mean
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Level 24
Nov 14, 2016
Never mind about Bosnia because I didn't know it was Muslim now I know
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Level 70
Nov 3, 2016
I blame the Russians. Cheers!
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Level 69
Nov 3, 2016
really surprised Germany in not on the list
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Level 62
Nov 3, 2016
I'm from Australia and I'm drinking whilst I do this quiz. I'm very surprised that Ireland is not on this quiz. Must be a mistake surely?! I went out for Korean on my birthday recently, and had soju for the first time. Boy, is that stuff easy to drink. It's no wonder South Korea is on this list.
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Level 81
Nov 3, 2016
I used to live in Seoul and it's no surprise to me at all that they make this list, and previously were the only non-European country on it. Korean drink and they drink often and hard. *Every* night people are going out to the soju bars, sidedish bars, hostess bars, juicy bars, noraebangs, and nightclubs and they often stay out all night long. In the mornings you see businessmen in suits waking up on the streets and benches because they were too drunk to get home the night before. It's a work hard/party hard lifestyle and it goes nonstop.
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Level 78
Nov 3, 2016
At least until their livers give out. :)
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Level 62
Nov 17, 2017
I think it is what they refer to as South Korea's "Pali-pali" culture. Pali-pali meaning "faster faster" or "hurry up". People are apparently under a lot of stress to achieve and succeed, to be working and playing all the time. It is believed to be a major contributor to their high suicide rate. I saw a documentary on this bridge in Seoul, they actually call "Suicide Bridge" because so many people commit suicide there. There is actually a water police boat solely devoted to patrolling that section of the river to rescue people committing suicide off that particular bridge.
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Level 71
Nov 7, 2020
South Korea seems to have sobered up as of this version of the quiz.
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Level 60
Nov 3, 2016
Portugal stands out re only southern european. Interesting. Amazed UK and Ireland not in there
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Level 55
Nov 3, 2016
Why Grenada?
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Level 44
Nov 3, 2016
Oh dear totally danced pass France very silly
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Level 42
Nov 30, 2016
Today I learned that Easter Europe likes to drink alot
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Level 39
Mar 13, 2017
I'm shocked at how racist and discriminatory this quiz is - there is not a single muslim or african state included here!
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Level 37
Mar 31, 2017
Could that possibly be because most African states are Muslim and therefore prohibited from partaking in "spirits"? - DUH
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Level 70
Dec 14, 2017
I think you just fell for the "can't see the joke' trick.
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Level 78
Sep 9, 2018
Oops, Nigeria's now on the list.
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Level 59
Apr 5, 2017
I tried Ireland 4 times before I accepted it was not a correct answer
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Level 32
Apr 5, 2017
I took this test whilst drunk, only got 5/20.
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Level 58
Apr 6, 2017
I think you mean 'per-CAPITA' :v
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Level 67
May 2, 2017
I took the lowest fertility quiz right before this, quite a bit of overlap in the answers.
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Level 37
Jun 9, 2017
Well I guess this shows to never listen to stereotypes because Germany and Switzerland and Ireland
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Level 53
Nov 6, 2017
My strategy: European countries from lowest GDP up. Got most of the European ones.
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Level 44
Nov 27, 2017
Surprised there was no Ireland, but i guess former soviets take the trophy. That vodka tho.
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Level 67
Dec 15, 2017
Ireland not even on the list. Take THAT, outdated stereotypes!
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Level 55
Dec 15, 2017
I'm surprised Denmark and Ireland aren't on the list
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Level 37
Dec 15, 2017
I'm surprised that the USA, Germany, Ireland, Brazil and Cuba (or for that matter, most Caribbean islands) aren't on the list, but little Andorra is. I've been to Munich, Hamburg, Essen and Berlin and all they Do is drink! As for Cuba and the Caribbean islands... rum is their water. In the urban areas of NY, NJ, PA, FL and MA, just try getting into a bar after 5 O'clock on a Thursday and Friday night.
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Level 68
Sep 4, 2018
Denmark is no.1 (as i recall) in teenage-drinking though. Not that that's anything to be proud of really.
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Level 63
Dec 15, 2017
I guess this is all about regularity...from what I have experienced, in germany, uk, usa, etc people only drink at night...and i think they drink higher amounts of alcool but more occasionally...besides, don´t forget there are a lot of muslim/hindi/buddhist people in those countries. In Portugal most of the people drink and at almost every meal even though lower amounts each time. you go to slavic europe and there are a lot of people just drinking the whole day especially outside the main towns...and really strong booze.We are not talking about parties here... Parties represent a lower percentage of this amount. I am not surprised to not see UK, USA or Germany...these countries they get smashed when going out, but no routine at least in average
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Level 65
Jan 31, 2019
Funny though how Brazil didn't pick up this habit from the Portuguese.
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Level 70
Sep 4, 2018
Two on there I would never have guessed. Interesting.
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Level 61
Sep 4, 2018
Wow!! Nigeria, why?
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Level 70
Sep 5, 2018
How about a "European Countries by Alcohol Consumption" quiz?
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Level 68
Sep 5, 2018
Surprised Vatican City isn't on there...
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Level 48
Sep 8, 2018
I am pretty sure that Belarus should be on the list. In 2009 they were top of the list according to the WHO. Things must have change pretty drastically for them to no longer be on the list.

Source: http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A1026?lang=en?showonly=GISAH

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Level ∞
Sep 9, 2018
Belarus is 1.73 with the latest data.
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Level 71
Sep 9, 2018
Got Nigeria, but missed France... I wonder if the alcohol trips from Finland to Estonia have a significant impact on the statistics.
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Level 21
Sep 9, 2018
Honestly amazed the UK isn't on this.... but apparently the Irish stereotypes are true after all :')
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Level 44
Sep 10, 2018
anyone who has guessed Seychelles is a cheater
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Level 60
Sep 10, 2018
The Seychelles should be listed with an asterisk. The population is so small that the prodigious drinking of resident Abner McGillicutty alone vaults them from the middle of the pack into the top twenty.
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Level 70
Sep 11, 2018
Mr McGillicutty will reply to that comment when he returns from re-hab.
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Level 83
Nov 4, 2020
Does he just drink peppermint schnapps? That stuff is horrifically gross.
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Level 44
Sep 11, 2018
When I went to Italy the vast majority of people drank wine 🍷 several times a day.

???

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Level 44
Sep 11, 2018
Oops, sorry! That doesn’t count!!!
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Level 37
Oct 12, 2018
Wine seems not to count for some reason. Growing up, we drank red wine at lunch and dinner (something about red wine being good for the blood, or the heart or something or the other). All it did was give me tremendous headaches. It wasn't until I went away to school (where there was no wine) that I finally made the connection. To this day I will drink just about ANYTHING but red wine!
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Level 38
Sep 14, 2018
Very surprised Vietnam isn’t on this list. I lived there for a few years and they spend all day in the Bia Hois there.
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Level 81
Nov 6, 2020
Many more men than women drink beer, though.
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Level 67
Jan 14, 2019
Why does Nigeria appear on so many lists where you wouldnt expect it (that is exactly the reason I DID get it this time, "I cant think of any more, well lets try nigeria, it shows up everywhere" ) often as the only african country. What is different about it?

also seychelles are standing out on this list. Party island?

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Level 80
Nov 6, 2020
Nigeria's prominence may be due to a number of factors, including being the most populous country in Africa (7th in the world), having the largest city in Africa (Lagos), 250+ ethnic groups and 500+ languages. Also, it's about evenly split between the two largest world religions (with occasional "issues" between them).
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Level 66
Apr 5, 2021
While all of that is normally true, it doesn't explain why Nigeria drinks so heavily. After all, it's a per capita basis--if it showed up on an absolute quiz I'd be less surprised. Also, as multiple people have mentioned, the fact that half of the country is Muslim probably means incredibly high drinking among the Christian population. Not to mention the fact that it's still relatively poor, and poor people usually tend to focus on purchasing things needed for survival and not alcohol.

Although, seeing as it's not on the list anymore, I wonder if it was a fluke.

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Level 65
Jan 31, 2019
What about those Seychellers? Finally made it on a non-geography list! (clap,clap,clap).
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Level 72
Feb 19, 2019
I somehow forgot France...
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Level 72
Jan 25, 2021
This time I got everything except Uganda and Burkina Faso..
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Level 81
Jul 4, 2019
Interesting caveats. Is there going to be a quiz on alcohol consumption per capita amongst people under 15 years old?
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Level 44
Sep 17, 2019
So Moldova drinks the most, and they’re also one of the poorest European countries. Looks like they’re trying to drown their sorrows over there.
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Level 47
Oct 16, 2019
It was basically a "can you name all european countries ?" quizz, then seychelles and nigeria happened...
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Level 75
Nov 20, 2019
Given that half Nigeria's population is Muslim, I find that almost impossible to belief. That means the non Muslim Nigerians are the world leaders in drinking by a long way.
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Level 75
Nov 4, 2020
Many muslims do drink alcohol.
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Level 52
Feb 24, 2020
Does anyone have any justification for Nigeria??
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Level 25
Oct 25, 2020
I was surprised that the Vatican wasn't there! It would be interesting for this quiz to be updated again in 2020/2021!
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Level 81
Nov 5, 2020
May be the methodology involved. Might take a lot of shots of communion wine to equal a 1.5 ounce shot of 80 proof.
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Level 83
Nov 4, 2020
Now it's Seychelles and Uganda that stand alone against their sober surroundings.
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Level 89
Nov 10, 2020
And Burkina Faso. Casts even more doubt on the name "Land of the upright men."
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Level 70
Nov 11, 2020
Yeah, three on there that stick out like a sore thumb.

I assume something to do with how the statistics are measured etc.

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Level 60
Nov 24, 2020
Strategy: do all of Europe then and end with three wrong.
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Level 54
Nov 24, 2020
Hey QM, unrelated to the actual quiz, but sometimes on mobile when scrolling down I accidentally hit the language button. Even after clicking away, it locks out the place to type an answer in and removes the timer. Could you please fix this?
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Level 36
Nov 27, 2020
I tried comoros, mauritius and maldives but somehow seychelles never entered my mind
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Level 76
Dec 14, 2020
Same. Did *not* see Seychelles coming!
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Level 57
Jan 25, 2021
it seems so arbitrary lmao
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Level 66
Jan 25, 2021
How can Australia not be on this list?
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Level 62
Jan 25, 2021
I thought Burkina Faso was a majority Muslim country? I tried guessing some countries in sub-Saharan Africa, but I would never have tried Burkina Faso.
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Level 39
Jan 25, 2021
I would like to know how the WHO came to those numbers. I am surprised that Slovakia did not make it on the list. Maybe some effect of tourism?
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Level 66
Jan 25, 2021
Uhh, Seychelles? What's going on there? Uganda? And perhaps even more perplexingly, Burkina Faso?? Isn't that a majority Muslim country? Seems very random that these countries make it, especially considering much of Africa is seems pretty dry (in terms of alcohol).
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Level 52
Jan 25, 2021
Seychelles, are you guys okay?
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Level 43
Jan 27, 2021
Seychelles, honey, is something wrong? U need someone to talk to?
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Level 31
Jan 28, 2021
ok these WHO data make no sense. Belarus and Poland drink less than France :-D good joke. French are usually dead after Polish warm-up on Friday night. Not to mention that Russia the country of drunkards is not even on the list.
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Level 28
Feb 1, 2021
my mouth opened WIIIIIIIIDE when i saw seychelles on there.
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Level 23
Mar 24, 2021
I am one of the 3 percent that got Burkina Faso

It was the wildest guess possible, too

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Level 22
Apr 9, 2021
Africa Uses Lot Of Alcohol? OMG