List of countries by alcohol consumption

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This is a list of countries by alcohol consumption measured in equivalent litres of pure ethanol consumed per capita per year.

OECD statistics[edit]

The table below lists OECD countries by the annual consumption of pure alcohol in liters, per person, aged 15 years old and over, as published in the 2013 OECD Health Data. Note that the methodology to convert alcoholic drinks to pure alcohol may differ across countries. Typically beer is weighted as 4–5%, wine as 11–16% and spirits as 40% of pure alcohol equivalent.

Rank Country Litres consumed
per capita[1]
Year
1  Luxembourg 15.3 2009
2  France 12.6 2011
3  Austria 12.2 2009
4  Estonia 12.0 2011
5  Germany 11.7 2009
6  Ireland 11.6 2011
7  Czech Republic 11.5 2011
8  Portugal 11.4 2007
8  Spain 11.4 2009
10  Belgium 10.8 2008
10  Hungary 10.8 2010
12  Denmark 10.6 2011
12  Slovenia 10.6 2011
14  Poland 10.4 2011
15  Australia 10.0 2010
15  Switzerland 10.0 2011
15  United Kingdom 10.0 2011
18  Slovakia 9.9 2011
19  Finland 9.8 2011
20  Netherlands 9.4 2009
21  New Zealand 9.3 2012
22  South Korea 8.9 2011
23  Chile 8.6 2009
23  United States 8.6 2010
25  Greece 8.2 2009
26  Canada 8.0 2011
27  Sweden 7.4 2011
28  Iceland 7.3 2008
28  Japan 7.3 2011
30  Italy 6.9 2009
31  Norway 6.6 2011
32  Mexico 5.1 2011
33  Israel 2.4 2007
34  Turkey 1.6 2012

WHO statistics[edit]

The table below uses 2010 data from the World Health Organization report published in 2014. The methodology used by the WHO calculated use by persons 15 years of age or older. All data in columns refer to year 2010. The column "recorded" refers to the average recorded consumption for the period 2010. Unrecorded consumption was calculated using empirical investigations and expert judgments. Total is the sum of the recorded and unrecorded consumption. The next four columns are a breakdown of the recorded alcohol consumption by type. Beer refers to malt beer, wine refers to grape wine, spirits refers to all distilled beverages, and the column "other" refers to all other alcoholic beverages.

Pure alcohol consumption among adults (age 15+) in litres per capita per year, 2010[2]
Country Total Recorded
consumption
Unrecorded
consumption
Beer
(%)
Wine
(%)
Spirits
(%)
Other
(%)
2015
projection
 Belarus 17.5 14.4 3.2 17.3 5.2 46.6 30.9 17.1
 Moldova 16.8 6.3 10.5 30.4 5.1 64.5 0 17.4
 Lithuania 15.4 12.9 2.5 46.5 7.8 34.1 11.6 16.2
 Russia 15.76 11.5 3.6 37.6 11.4 51 0 14.5
 Romania 14.4 10.4 4 50 28.9 21.1 0 12.9
 Ukraine 13.9 8.9 5 40.5 9 48 2.6 11.8
 Andorra 13.8 12.4 1.4 34.6 45.3 20.1 0 9.1
 Hungary 13.3 11.3 2 36.3 29.4 34.3 0 12.4
 Czech Republic 13 11.8 1.2 53.5 20.5 26 0 14.1
 Slovakia 13 11.4 1.7 30.1 18.3 46.2 5.5 12.5
 Portugal 12.9 11 1.9 30.8 55.5 10.9 2.8 12.5
 Serbia 12.6 9.6 2.9 51.5 23.9 24.6 0 12.9
 Grenada 12.5 11.9 0.7 29.3 4.3 66.2 0.2 10.4
 Poland 12.5 10.9 1.6 55.1 9.3 35.5 0 11.5
 Latvia 12.3 10.5 1.8 46.9 10.7 37 5.4 10.6
 Finland 12.3 10 2.3 46 17.5 24 12.6 11.9
 South Korea 12.3 9.8 2.5 25 1.6 2.9 70.5 10.9
 France 12.2 11.8 0.4 18.8 56.4 23.1 1.7 11.6
 Australia 12.2 10.4 1.8 44 36.7 12.5 6.8 12.6
 Croatia 12.2 10.2 2 39.5 44.8 15.4 0.2 11.7
 Ireland 11.9 11.4 0.5 48.1 26.1 18.7 7.7 10.9
 Luxembourg 11.9 11.4 0.5 36.2 42.8 21 0 11.2
 Germany 11.8 11.3 0.5 53.6 27.8 18.6 0 10.6
 Slovenia 11.6 10.6 1 44.5 46.9 8.6 0 10.9
 United Kingdom 11.6 10.4 1.2 36.9 33.8 21.8 7.5 12
 Denmark 11.4 10.4 1 37.7 48.2 14.1 0 10.2
 Bulgaria 11.4 10.3 1.1 39.3 16.5 44.1 0.1 11.3
 Spain 11.2 10 1.2 49.7 20.1 28.2 1.8 10.6
 Belgium 11 10.5 0.5 49.2 36.3 14.4 0.1 10.8
 South Africa 11 8.2 2.9 48.1 17.8 16.7 17.4 11.5
 New Zealand 10.9 9.3 1.6 38.2 33.9 15.2 12.5 11.2
 Gabon 10.9 8.9 2 68.3 11.9 19.8 0.1 11.8
 Namibia 10.8 6.8 4 96.7 0.3 0.9 2.1 11.8
  Switzerland 10.7 10.2 0.5 31.8 49.4 17.6 1.2 10.4
 Saint Lucia 10.4 10.1 0.2 29.7 12.6 56.1 1.5 10.4
 Austria 10.3 9.7 0.6 50.4 35.5 14 0 8.5
 Estonia 10.3 9.5 0.8 41.2 11.1 36.8 10.9 9.4
 Greece 10.3 8.3 2 28.1 47.3 24.2 0.4 9.3
 Kazakhstan 10.3 6.8 3.5 31.8 3.1 65.1 0 8.2
 Canada 10.2 8.2 2 51.2 22 26.8 0 10.3
 Nigeria 10.1 9.1 1 8 0.4 0.9 90.7 11.3
 Netherlands 9.9 9.4 0.5 46.8 36.4 16.9 0 9.6
 Uganda 9.8 8.3 1.5 9.4 0.1 1.9 88.6 10.5
 Rwanda 9.8 6.8 3 11.1 0 0.4 88.4 10
 Chile 9.6 7.6 2 29.9 40.7 29.4 0 9.3
 Argentina 9.3 8.3 1 40.7 48 5.5 5.8 7.6
 Burundi 9.3 6.3 3 24.5 0 0.1 75.4 9.8
 United States 9.2 8.7 0.5 50 17.3 32.7 0 9
 Cyprus 9.2 8.2 1 40.9 24.7 33.7 0.7 9.1
 Sweden 9.2 7.2 2 37 46.6 15.1 1.4 8.7
 Venezuela 8.9 7.7 1.3 75.6 0.8 23.4 0.2 8.3
 Paraguay 8.8 7.3 1.5 51.1 18.2 28.8 2 9.6
 Brazil 8.7 7.2 1.5 59.6 4 36.3 0.1 9.1
 Sierra Leone 8.7 6.7 2 6.4 0.5 0.7 92.3 8.2
 Montenegro 8.7 4.9 3.9 10.9 47 41.7 0.4 13.3
 Belize 8.5 6.8 1.7 67.6 2 30.3 0.1 8.3
 Cameroon 8.4 5.8 2.6 63.9 22.1 13.8 0.2 7.7
 Botswana 8.4 5.4 3 56 11.8 11.5 20.7 7.7
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 8.2 7.7 0.5 44 7.4 48 0.6 7
 Guyana 8.1 7.1 1 23 0.3 76.6 0.1 8.6
 Peru 8.1 6.1 2 46.8 6.1 47.1 0 5.2
 Panama 8 7.2 0.8 69.2 4.6 26 0.2 7.7
 Niue 8 7 1 47 1.7 51.3 0 7.7
 Palau 7.9 6.9 1 77.7 5.9 16.4 0
 Norway 7.7 6.7 1 44.2 34.7 19 2.1 7
 Tanzania 7.7 5.7 2 11 0.2 1.8 87 8.1
 Georgia 7.7 5.4 2.3 17 49.8 33.2 0.1 6.7
 Uruguay 7.6 6.6 1 30.6 59.9 9.5 0 7
 Angola 7.5 5.9 1.6 64.3 13.7 17.4 4.7 7.6
 Laos 7.3 6.2 1.1 35.6 0 64.4 0 7.5
 Japan 7.2 7 0.2 19.2 4.1 52 24.7 7.5
 Mexico 7.2 5.5 1.8 75.7 1.5 22.2 0.5 6.8
 Ecuador 7.2 4.2 3 67.3 1.2 31.5 0 6.1
 Dominica 7.1 6.6 0.5 13.7 7.1 77.9 1.2 6.6
 Iceland 7.1 6.6 0.5 61.8 21.2 16.5 0.5 6.9
 Thailand 7.1 6.4 0.7 27 0.4 72.6 0 8.3
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.1 4.6 2.5 73.3 9.7 17 0 7.5
 São Tomé and Príncipe 7.1 4.2 2.9 23.5 60.2 16.3 0 6.8
 Malta 7 6.6 0.4 39.4 32.7 27.2 0.7 7.2
 Albania 7 4.9 2.1 31.8 19.8 48.4 0 6.6
 Bahamas 6.9 6.3 0.5 34 14.6 50.4 1 4.2
 Dominican Republic 6.9 6.2 0.7 54.5 2.7 42.7 0.1 7.6
 Mongolia 6.9 4.9 2 27.6 2.8 69.6 0 7.8
 Cape Verde 6.9 4 2.9 44.4 1.2 0.2 54.2 7.2
 Barbados 6.8 6.3 0.5 39.7 10.2 49.3 0.8 6.5
 Burkina Faso 6.8 4.3 2.5 10 3 3.1 83.8 7.4
 Italy 6.7 6.5 0.2 23 65.6 11.5 0 6.1
 Trinidad and Tobago 6.7 6.4 0.3 54 2 43.8 0.3 6.6
 China 6.7 5 1.7 27.8 3 69.2 0 7.6
 Macedonia 6.7 3.9 2.8 47.4 39.9 12.6 0 5.7
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6.6 6.3 0.3 33.4 3 63.1 0.5 7.2
 Equatorial Guinea 6.6 5.8 0.8 27.8 72.2 0 0 8.1
 Suriname 6.6 5.6 1 40 2.3 57.2 0.5 6.5
 Vietnam 6.6 2 4.6 97.3 0.6 2.1 0 8.7
 Lesotho 6.5 2.8 3.7 51.3 0.2 18.9 29.6 6.4
 Haiti 6.4 5.9 0.6 0.2 0.2 99.6 0 5.9
 Cook Islands 6.4 5.9 0.5 0 22.6 77.4 0 4.8
 Colombia 6.2 4.2 2 66.1 1.1 32.5 0.3 6.6
 Ivory Coast 6 4 2 16.1 3 0.4 80.5 6.5
 Bolivia 5.9 3.8 2.1 76.8 3.8 19.3 0.1 5.8
 Swaziland 5.7 4.7 1 33.6 0.8 0.7 65 6.4
 Zimbabwe 5.7 4.7 1 23.7 1.7 6.8 67.7 4.8
 Seychelles 5.6 4.1 1.5 67 22.2 10.8 0 6.7
 Cambodia 5.5 2.2 3.3 45.7 0.8 53.5 0 6.1
 Puerto Rico 5.4 4.9 0.5 66.6 6.7 26.4 0.3 -
 Netherlands Antilles 5.4 4.9 0.4 36.4 16.4 47 0.3 3.2
 Philippines 5.4 4.6 0.9 26.9 0.3 72.7 0 5.6
 Costa Rica 5.4 4.4 1 59.3 4.7 35.5 0.5 5.1
 Armenia 5.3 3.8 1.5 9.7 5.3 84.9 0 5.5
 Cuba 5.2 4.2 1 38.8 2.2 58.9 0 5.5
 Nicaragua 5 3.5 1.5 38.8 0.5 60.6 0 4.6
 Jamaica 4.9 3.4 1.5 42 4.9 51.4 1.6 5.1
 Ghana 4.8 1.8 3 30 9.7 2.9 57.3 5.4
 Liberia 4.7 3.1 1.6 10.8 1 88.1 0 5.2
 Uzbekistan 4.6 2.4 2.1 18.3 6.3 75.4 0 4.8
 Chad 4.4 0.4 4 66.3 3.4 3.8 26.5 4.4
 United Arab Emirates 4.3 2.8 1.5 10.3 2.9 86.7 0 4.3
 Kyrgyzstan 4.3 2.4 1.9 22.6 4.2 72.9 0.3 3.9
 India 4.3 2.2 2.2 6.8 0.1 93.1 0 4.6
 Turkmenistan 4.3 2.2 2.2 15.4 26.1 58.4 0 5
 Kenya 4.3 1.8 2.5 56.1 1.8 21.6 20.4 4
 Ethiopia 4.2 0.7 3.5 49.7 0.6 8.2 41.4 4.3
 Honduras 4 3 1 40.1 1.1 58.7 0 4
 Guinea-Bissau 4 2.5 1.5 19.6 14.9 22.4 43 4.3
 Zambia 4 2.5 1.5 22.7 2.9 13.6 60.7 4
 Republic of the Congo 3.9 1.7 2.2 78.4 9.8 10.9 0.8 3.9
 Guatemala 3.8 2.2 1.6 41.9 1.6 56.3 0.2 3.9
 Central African Republic 3.8 1.8 2 16.2 0.6 2.1 81.1 3.8
 North Korea 3.7 3.2 0.5 5.1 0 94.9 0 4.4
 Sri Lanka 3.7 2.2 1.5 13 0.1 85.2 1.7 4.5
 Mauritius 3.6 2.6 1 66.2 12.3 21.3 0.2 4
 Samoa 3.6 2.6 1 70.9 16.6 12.5 0
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 3.6 2.3 1.3 24 0.7 2 73.3 3.4
 Nauru 3.5 1 2.5 85.4 14.6 0 0 3
 Gambia 3.4 2.4 1 5.6 0.7 0.3 93.5 3.2
 Federated States of Micronesia 3.3 2.3 1 47 14.1 38.9 0 3.5
 El Salvador 3.2 2.2 1 41.7 1.7 56.6 0 3.5
 Fiji 3 2 1 67.7 0.9 31.1 0.2 3.2
 Papua New Guinea 3 1.5 1.5 51.3 0.9 47.7 0 3.1
 Kiribati 3 1 2 36.9 2.2 60.9 0 2.9
 Tajikistan 2.8 0.3 2.5 10.2 1.1 88.7 0 2.4
 Israel 2.8 0.3 2.5 44 6.2 49.5 0.3 3.1
 Sudan 2.7 1.7 1 8 0 13.5 78.5 2.7
 Malawi 2.5 1.5 1 9.1 1.2 13.4 76.2 2.5
 Lebanon 2.4 1.9 0.5 18.2 29.1 52.4 0.3 2.2
 Azerbaijan 2.3 1.3 1 28.7 7.6 63.3 0 2.1
 Mozambique 2.3 1.3 1 63 7.3 25.4 4.3 2
 Togo 2.3 1.3 1 48.9 26.9 2.4 21.8 1.9
   Nepal 2.2 0.2 2 47.7 0.9 51.4 0 2.1
 Brunei 2.1 2 0.1 36.6 6.3 57 0.1 2.4
 Benin 2.1 1.1 1 54.6 21.7 7.2 16.5 2.2
 Singapore 2 1.5 0.5 70.1 13.5 14.7 1.7 2.9
 Turkey 2 1.4 0.6 63.6 8.6 27.9 0 2.4
 Madagascar 1.8 0.8 1 56 9.5 34.5 0 1.9
 Solomon Islands 1.7 1.2 0.5 81.1 2.1 16.7 0 1.6
 Tonga 1.6 1.1 0.5 57.9 7.6 34.3 0.1 2.1
 Tunisia 1.5 1.3 0.2 68.6 27.7 3.7 0 1.2
 Tuvalu 1.5 1 0.5 10 15.5 74.5 0 1.3
 Qatar 1.5 0.9 0.6 1.2 13.9 84.6 0.3 1.3
 Vanuatu 1.4 0.9 0.5 40.5 22.8 36.7 0 1.2
 Djibouti 1.3 1.1 0.2 23.2 5.3 71.5 0 0.9
 Malaysia 1.3 0.3 1 76.2 2 21.8 0.1 1.7
 Syria 1.2 1 0.3 8.5 27.9 63.5 0 1.4
 Maldives 1.2 0.7 0.5 29.1 29.4 41.2 0 1
 Mali 1.1 0.6 0.5 13.3 1.5 2.1 83.1 1
 Eritrea 1.1 0.5 0.6 63.6 0 0.1 36.3 1.4
 Algeria 1 0.7 0.3 62.6 35.5 0 2 0.6
 Iran 1 0 1 24.8 52.1 1 1
 Oman 0.9 0.7 0.2 54.6 3.3 42.2 0 0.9
 Brunei 0.9 0.6 0.3 89.8 2.3 7.2 0.7 0.8
 Morocco 0.9 0.5 0.5 43.5 36.5 19.9 0 0.7
 Jordan 0.7 0.5 0.2 22.4 2.1 75.4 0.1 0.7
 Bhutan 0.7 0.4 0.3 100 0 0 0 1.1
 Guinea 0.7 0.2 0.5 78.9 16.3 3.7 1.1 0.7
 Burma 0.7 0.1 0.6 82.6 5.7 11.8 0 0.7
 Afghanistan 0.7 0 0.7 18.9 38.3 1 1.2
 Senegal 0.6 0.3 0.3 55.1 41.3 3.6 0 0.5
 Indonesia 0.6 0.1 0.5 84.5 0.1 15.3 0 0.6
 Timor-Leste 0.6 0.1 0.5 9.3 75.9 14.8 0 1.2
 Iraq 0.5 0.2 0.3 76.1 1 22.9 0 0.5
 Somalia 0.5 0 0.5 9.2 19.2 0.5 0.5
 Egypt 0.4 0.2 0.2 53.8 5.4 40.3 0.5 0.3
 Niger 0.3 0.1 0.2 46 13.2 40.7 0 0.3
 Yemen 0.3 0.1 0.2 100 0 0 0 0.2
 Comoros 0.2 0.1 0.1 23.3 22.2 54.6 0 0.2
 Saudi Arabia 0.2 0.1 0.1 0 1.9 97.9 0.2 0.2
 Bangladesh 0.2 0 0.2 9 17.6 0.2 0.2
 Kuwait 0.1 0 0.1 58.1 10.8 30.7 0.4 0.1
 Libya 0.1 0 0.1 2.5 5 0 0
 Mauritania 0.1 0 0.1 0.1
 Pakistan 0.1 0 0 1.2 3 0.1 0.1

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