What Is The Drunkest Country On Earth?
A recent study from The World Health Organization has concluded that while Americans like to drink, we're no where near countries like Russia, Ukraine, Portugal, Andorra, and others when it comes to total alcohol consumption per capita .
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Alcohol consumption varies widely across the globe, and the U.S. stacks up pretty well compared to some other countries.
As the map below from the World Health Organization shows, Russians and their neighbors drink more than almost everyone else in the world.
Portugal, Grenada, and Andorra are also ranked in the highest category at more than 12.5 liters per person over the age of 15 in 2010.
WHO notes in its report that 48% of those included in this data abstain from drinking altogether. So if those people were excluded, per capita consumption among those who do drink would be even higher than what's shown on this map.
Russians loving their alcohol is nothing new, but the high levels of consumption in that country has lead to some startling findings. 151,000 Russian men, across three towns, were interviewed about their alcohol habits and tracked by researchers from 1999 to 2010. 8,000 would later die within this time period, many of which were under the age of 55.
To determine which countries have the riskiest drinking patterns, WHO considers the usual quantity of alcohol consumed per occasion, proportion of drinking events when drinkers get drunk, proportion of drinkers who drink daily or nearly daily, festive drinking, drinking with meals, and drinking in public places.