List of countries by alcohol consumption per capita

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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.

2010 WHO data[edit]

The table below for about 190 countries uses 2010 data from the WHO 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 such as vodka and similar products, and the column "other" refers to all other alcoholic beverages, such as rice wine, sake, kumi kumi, kwete, mead and cider.

Pure alcohol consumption among adults (age 15+) in liters per capita per year, 2010[1]
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 15.1 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
 Bahrain 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
 Myanmar 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

2015 WHO data for OECD countries[edit]

The following is a list of OECD countries by the total alcohol consumption per capita in litres of pure alcohol as published by the World Health Organization in 2015.[2]

Rank Country Alcohol consumption
in litres
Relative alcohol consumption
1  Czech Republic 14.1 14.1
 
2  Australia 12.6 12.6
 
3  Portugal 12.5 12.5
 
4  Slovakia 12.5 12.5
 
5  Hungary 12.4 12.4
 
6  United Kingdom 12.0 12
 
7  Finland 11.9 11.9
 
8  France 11.6 11.6
 
9  Poland 11.5 11.5
 
10  Luxembourg 11.2 11.2
 
11  New Zealand 11.2 11.2
 
12  Ireland 10.9 10.9
 
13  Slovenia 10.9 10.9
 
14  South Korea 10.9 10.9
 
15  Belgium 10.8 10.8
 
16  Germany 10.6 10.6
 
17  Spain 10.6 10.6
 
18   Switzerland 10.4 10.4
 
19  Canada 10.3 10.3
 
20  Denmark 10.2 10.2
 
21  Netherlands 9.6 9.6
 
22  Chile 9.3 9.3
 
23  Greece 9.3 9.3
 
24  United States 9.0 9
 
25  Sweden 8.7 8.7
 
26  Austria 8.5 8.5
 
27  Japan 7.5 7.5
 
28  Norway 7.0 7
 
29  Iceland 6.9 6.9
 
30  Mexico 6.8 6.8
 
31  Italy 6.1 6.1
 
32  Israel 3.1 3.1
 
33  Turkey 2.4 2.4
 

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.

This table is an accurate reflection of the annual consumption of pure alcohol in litres by OECD countries.

Rank Country Liters per capita [3] Relative size Year
1  Austria 12.2 12.2
 
2011
2  Estonia 12 12
 
2011
3  France 11.8 11.8
 
2011
4  Ireland 11.7 11.7
 
2011
5  Czech Republic 11.5 11.5
 
2011
6  Hungary 11.4 11.4
 
2011
6  Luxembourg 11.4 11.4
 
2011
8  Germany 11.2 11.2
 
2011
9  Slovenia 10.6 10.6
 
2011
10  Denmark 10.5 10.5
 
2011
11  Poland 10.3 10.3
 
2011
11  Portugal 10.3 10.3
 
2011
11  United Kingdom 10.3 10.3
 
2011
14  Slovakia 10.2 10.2
 
2011
15  Australia 10 10
 
2011
15   Switzerland 10 10
 
2011
17  Belgium 9.8 9.8
 
2011
17  Finland 9.8 9.8
 
2011
17  Spain 9.8 9.8
 
2010
20  New Zealand 9.5 9.5
 
2011
21  Netherlands 9.2 9.2
 
2011
22  South Korea 8.9 8.9
 
2011
23  United States 8.6 8.6
 
2011
24  Canada 8 8
 
2011
25  Chile 7.9 7.9
 
2010
26  Greece 7.4 7.4
 
2011
27  Japan 7.3 7.3
 
2011
27  Sweden 7.3 7.3
 
2011
29  Norway 6.4 6.4
 
2011
30  Iceland 6.3 6.3
 
2010
31  Italy 6.1 6.1
 
2010
32  Mexico 5.1 5.1
 
2011
33  Israel 2.6 2.6
 
2011
34  Turkey 1.5 1.5
 
2011

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References[edit]