The biggest alcohol drinkers
Many countries have a type of drink that they’re linked to; for which they’re famous. Consider beer in Belgium or Germany, vodka in Russia, sangria in Spain, rum in Cuba. The list goes on. We know which types of alcohol are consumed in which countries, but what are the figures behind these countries’ overall alcohol consumption?
A recent overview that Vouchercloud composed via information made available by the World Health Organisation indicates which countries drink the most alcohol and which countries consume the least.
Eastern European countries in particular hold prominent places in the top 10 of countries that consume the most alcohol. Moldavia is the number-one alcohol-consuming country in the world with an annual alcohol consumption of 17.4 litres per person; followed by Belarus and Lithuania. The list continues with two more Eastern European countries; Russia and the Czech Republic respectively hold fourth and fifth position.
Although one might expect Germany to be higher up the list due to festivities such as the Oktoberfest, Germany’s average alcohol consumption isn’t remarkably high. Together with Spain and Belgium, the average alcohol consumption per inhabitant is 10.7 litres in Germany.
There are multiple factors influencing the average alcohol consumption per person in a country. Think of the legal drinking age; sixteen in some countries, twenty-one in others. Another factor that influences alcohol consumption is the price of alcohol, or the fact that some countries distil or brew their own alcohol. Naturally, the overall acceptance of alcohol is another important factor. Pakistan and Kuwait, the two countries that are last on the list, have an average alcohol consumption of less than 0.1 litres, due to religious reasons and the fact that in Kuwait, alcohol is illegal.