MAP: What Country Drinks the Most Alcohol?


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It might sometimes feel like you are the only one in your neighborhood with empty bottles or beer cans on recycling day. If you live in Moldova or Belarus, however, that’s actually pretty unlikely.

Those two countries drink the most alcohol per capita worldwide, according to data collected by the Global Information System on Alcohol and Health. We analyzed the results, which aggregate both recorded and “unrecorded” alcohol consumption, such as moonshine or homebrewed beer, and plotted all into a political world map.

The countries that drink the most alcohol are, perhaps unsurprisingly, mostly colder-climate locations. Alcohol laws play a significant role in consumption, of course, as does religion.

The 10 countries that drink the most alcohol, in liters per capita, ranked:

  • Moldova (17.4 liters per capita over 15+ years)
  • Belarus (17.1)
  • Lithuania (16.2)
  • Russia (14.5)
  • Czech Republic (14.1)
  • Romania (12.9)
  • Serbia (12.9)
  • Australia (12.6)
  • Portugal (12.5)
  • Slovakia (12.5)

The 10 countries that drink the least alcohol, in liters per capita over 15+ years, ranked:

  • Egypt (0.3 liters per capita over 15+ years)
  • Niger (0.3)
  • Bangladesh (0.2)
  • Comoros (0.2)
  • Saudi Arabia (0.2)
  • Yemen (0.2)
  • Kuwait (0.1)
  • Mauritania (0.1)
  • Pakistan (0.1)
  • Libya (0)

Here is a map of the countries that drink the most alcohol per capita.

MAP: The Countries That Drink The Most And Least Alcohol In The World

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