All The World’s Countries, Ranked By Alcohol Consumption

Published May 20, 2016
Updated February 12, 2018

When it comes to alcohol consumption by country, how does your stack up?

Alcohol Consumption By Country

Alcohol consumption by country. Source: World Health Organization

Which of the world’s countries drink the most and which drink the least? This year’s annual World Health Statistics report from the World Health Organization (WHO) has the answers.

While the variability in alcohol consumption by country around the world is rather high, the new data does reveal some strong regional trends.

The large swath of the globe stretching east from North Africa through the Middle East and on to Southeast Asia shows the lowest alcohol consumption, with most of South America making up the next highest level, and Europe at the top. Sub-Saharan Africa remains a mixed bag.

As for the United States, where one in eight in Americans is an alcoholic, it sits above most of South America but below Europe, whose alcohol consumption easily outpaces the rest of the world’s.

In fact, the top seven countries with the highest alcohol consumption are all clustered together in Eastern Europe, topped by the small Republic of Moldova.

Situated between Romania and Ukraine, this former Soviet republic consumes just about twice as much alcohol as the U.S. (per capita) and nearly three times as much as the worldwide average (6.3 liters of pure alcohol per person over the age of 15 over the course of one year).

On the other hand, most countries in North Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia show alcohol consumption that is less than five percent of the worldwide average. The lowest of the low is Libya, whose alcohol consumption, when expressed to one decimal place, is actually 0.0 liters per person.

For the complete list of alcohol consumption by country around the world, see below:

Alcohol List

Source: World Health Organization; (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
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Kuroski, John. "All The World’s Countries, Ranked By Alcohol Consumption.", May 20, 2016, Accessed April 21, 2024.