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Countries by Alcohol Consumption

We have a list of the top 20 countries in terms of per-capital alcohol consumption. How many can you name?
For people at least 15 years old
"Drink" = 1.5 ounce shot of 80 proof alcohol
For 2016. Source
Last updated: September 04, 2018
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Drinks / day
Country
2.35
Moldova
2.32
Lithuania
2.22
Czech Republic
2.07
Germany
2.07
Nigeria
2.01
Ireland
2.01
Luxembourg
Drinks / day
Country
1.99
Latvia
1.96
Bulgaria
1.95
France
1.95
Romania
1.95
Slovenia
1.90
Portugal
1.87
Belgium
Drinks / day
Country
1.85
Seychelles
1.81
Russia
1.79
Austria
1.79
Estonia
1.79
Poland
1.78
Switzerland
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level ∞
Oct 6, 2014
Updated the quiz with newer stats. Drinking in most countries declined. For example, in 2005 Ireland was at 2.22. Now it is 1.84. The UK was 2.06, now 1.79.
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level ∞
Oct 6, 2014
For reference, the United States is at 1.42 drinks per day.
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level 73
Nov 13, 2014
Grenada coming out of nowhere for the upset! Before the update South Korea was the only non-European country on the list but now there are three. Got one of the newcomers. Missed Grenada.
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level 43
Nov 13, 2014
Me too, I would have never guessed it right. :D
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level 67
Nov 3, 2016
Doesn't take too many drunks in Grenada to get that average up!
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level 69
Mar 1, 2017
I thought that was weird, too. Isn't it warm and sunny in Grenada? It seems to be mostly cold and dreary countries that drink a lot (besides the wine producers, or the Slavs). Pretty amazed that we list Americans weren't on here, although I think we've been drinking more lately :-)
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level 73
Sep 10, 2018
I guess there are some hard drinkers in the US but I don't really think it's so much a part of the culture as it is some other places. Myself, my entire family, and virtually all of my friends in the States are teetotalers. I had one friend back about 15 years ago who used to drink a lot, but I barely speak to him anymore, and a cousin who went through a phase where he was in fraternities and getting drunk all the time, but no longer. I also had an alcoholic uncle who is now deceased. None of my current family or friends are drinkers. Anyway, point is at least from my own anecdotal experience it seems rare.
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level 57
Sep 14, 2018
Americans are a bunch of druggies.
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level 72
Aug 4, 2015
A large part of alcoholics say they don't drink... Especially in UK and Ireland ?
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level 60
Sep 18, 2015
What data have you got to support that?
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level 35
Jan 12, 2016
A "drink" here is equivalent to 1.77 UK units, but I do agree that there are a lot of heavy drinkers that ridiculously underestimate the amount they drink. Well the sad thing is they believe they don't drink that much. On the flip side there are many that say they drink more than they actually do and I would hazard a guess that the WHO has some countermeasures to account for both.
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level 34
Sep 4, 2016
These countries also have a fair number of people who don't drink at all, balancing it out? It's all speculation really
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level 60
Nov 3, 2016
It has a lot to do with the type of alcohol being drunk. In Eastern Europe, South Korea and most of the countries on this list, they mainly drink spirits. In Ireland and the UK and other European countries, beer is the drink of choice which doesn't amount to as many units.
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level 57
Sep 14, 2018
I ditched guessing Ireland after the U.K. didn't take. It seemed to stay along a belt in Europe. WTH though, Seychelles?
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level 66
Oct 7, 2014
Gotta love how the quiz fills in when you enter Eastern European countries. Start with Russia and move west and you'll get most of 'em. :D
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level 67
Oct 31, 2014
That was my strategy, once I realized all the "obvious" ones like Germany, Ireland, etc. weren't on the list.
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level 43
Nov 3, 2016
Yeah, top 6 are all Eastern Europe countries.
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level 68
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 57
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 60
Oct 23, 2014
As an Irish person I'm totally shocked that we didn't make it onto this.
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level 33
Nov 13, 2014
In your face, ancient stereotypes! And next time anyone tells me how much we love our alcohol in Britain....
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level 34
Sep 4, 2016
Same for Germany
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level 42
Nov 3, 2016
We've failed everyone my friend...
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level 20
Sep 9, 2018
Quizmaster updated the list..... apparently the stereotypes are true after all :')
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level 68
Oct 23, 2014
Grenada defeated me :s
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level 64
Oct 28, 2014
Same here.
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level 64
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 79
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 51
Jun 10, 2017
Finland - discoverer of the 'Phil Collins-Darra'. All hail the Suomi National Drinking Team.
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level 58
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 58
Nov 13, 2014
*beer
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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 69
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 33
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 69
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 73
Nov 14, 2014
someone has to be the designated driver.
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level 70
Aug 2, 2016
And here was me thinking Tallinn was a party town.
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level 63
Nov 3, 2016
They are the Finns who drink in Tallinn.
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level 57
May 3, 2017
If all Finns drank at home, not in Estonia, they would've been in top-5
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level 67
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 44
Jan 2, 2015
I'm Surprised not to see Germany, USA and Ireland on this list!
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level 15
Feb 2, 2015
100% awesome :-)
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level 57
Apr 3, 2015
I got 15 but I'm mad because I tried Moldova but misspelled it as Moldava.
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level 55
Apr 25, 2015
I tried USA and Germany and got bored and quit. lol
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level 66
Jan 22, 2016
Tell the truth, you went off for a drink!
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level 60
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 55
Apr 20, 2016
Ironically, I don't drink. lol
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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 72
Sep 12, 2015
Eastern Europe is well represented in this one.
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level 48
Nov 30, 2015
Surprised about South Korea, but also not. Most Koreans I know drink a loooot.
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level 60
Dec 27, 2015
Is it supposed to say "per-capital" in the description for some reason?
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level 69
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 60
Mar 18, 2016
That would be interesting! I'm thinking Washington, D.C. would definitely win, though.
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level 66
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 73
Dec 15, 2017
Measured per capital Bolivia and South Africa end up lower in the rankings.
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level 66
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 67
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 46
Apr 9, 2016
Makes me proud to be a Slav, gotta drink for that!
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level 45
Jun 1, 2016
Eastern European geography test.
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level 32
Jun 6, 2016
you should a quiz with out post soviet and the balkans
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level 52
Jun 12, 2016
Dat Eastern Bloc depression
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level 25
Jul 15, 2016
How is it so few people guessed Andorra? It's between Spain and France. That should tell you all you need to know.
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level 64
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 71
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 39
Nov 3, 2016
It is merely a coincidence that 15 of the 20 countries listed are former communist countries?
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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 66
Nov 3, 2016
Lithuania is up there (unfortunatily the country with the highest suicid rate, we see the connection); Bosnia hat a large muslimic group.
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level 46
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 63
Nov 3, 2016
I blame the Russians. Cheers!
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level 63
Nov 3, 2016
really surprised Germany in not on the list
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level 57
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 73
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 74
Nov 3, 2016
At least until their livers give out. :)
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level 57
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 56
Nov 3, 2016
Portugal stands out re only southern european. Interesting. Amazed UK and Ireland not in there
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level 56
Nov 3, 2016
Why Grenada?
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level 43
Nov 3, 2016
Oh dear totally danced pass France very silly
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level 39
Nov 30, 2016
Today I learned that Easter Europe likes to drink alot
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level 40
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 39
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 66
Dec 14, 2017
I think you just fell for the "can't see the joke' trick.
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level 74
Sep 9, 2018
Oops, Nigeria's now on the list.
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level 60
Apr 5, 2017
I tried Ireland 4 times before I accepted it was not a correct answer
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level 28
Apr 5, 2017
I took this test whilst drunk, only got 5/20.
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level 56
Apr 6, 2017
I think you mean 'per-CAPITA' :v
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level 61
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 38
Jun 9, 2017
Well I guess this shows to never listen to stereotypes because Germany and Switzerland and Ireland
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level 34
Jun 11, 2017
LOL Australia is on this list but no other English speaking countries.... (from a kiwi :-))
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level 66
Dec 15, 2017
That's because of the 700,000 Kiwis living in Australia spend all their money on drink and partying.
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level 44
Nov 6, 2017
My strategy: European countries from lowest GDP up. Got most of the European ones.
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level 23
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 44
Dec 15, 2017
I'm surprised Denmark and Ireland aren't on the list
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level 39
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 65
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 56
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 14
Dec 21, 2017
i do not like Grenada and Andorra stabbing my face. I got South Korea though..
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level 48
Mar 7, 2018
GRENADA!!!
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level 66
Sep 4, 2018
Two on there I would never have guessed. Interesting.
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level 53
Sep 4, 2018
Wow!! Nigeria, why?
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level 67
Sep 5, 2018
How about a "European Countries by Alcohol Consumption" quiz?
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level 45
Sep 5, 2018
Surprised Vatican City isn't on there...
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level 45
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 63
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 20
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 42
Sep 10, 2018
anyone who has guessed Seychelles is a cheater
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level 49
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 66
Sep 11, 2018
Mr McGillicutty will reply to that comment when he returns from re-hab.
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level 37
Sep 11, 2018
When I went to Italy the vast majority of people drank wine 🍷 several times a day. ???
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level 37
Sep 11, 2018
Oops, sorry! That doesn’t count!!!
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level 39
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 39
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.