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 alcohol (ethanol) consumed per capita per year.

World Health Organization (WHO) data[edit]

The WHO publish periodically The Global Status Report on Alcohol:

  • 1999 was first published by WHO in 1999.[1]
  • 2004 is the second global status report on alcohol published by WHO
  • 2011 third global report on alcohol published by WHO
  • 2014 fourth global report on alcohol published by WHO with data from 2010.

2016 WHO data[edit]

Map of countries by prevalence of alcohol consumption (2008)

The table below for 189 countries uses 2016 data from the WHO report published in 2018. The methodology used by the WHO calculated use by persons 15 years of age or older. All data in columns refer to year 2016. The column "Total consumption" refers to the average recorded consumption and estimated unrecorded consumption (homebrew, moonshine, smuggled alcohol, surrogate alcohol etc.). 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, mead, cider, kvass, and African beers (kumi kumi, kwete, banana beer, millet beer, umqombothi etc.).

Pure alcohol consumption among persons (age 15+, drinkers only) in litres per drinker per year, 2016[2]
Rank Country Liters of pure alcohol per year Average daily intake in grams of pure alcohol % Beer % Wine % Spirits % Other 2020 projection 2025 projection
1 Tunisia 36.6 79.1 72.2 23.9 3.8 0.1 2.0 2.1
2 Eswatini 34.4 74.3 24.6 16.1 0.0 59.3 10.0 10.1
3 Maldives 33.7 72.8 30.8 37.2 31.9 0.0 3.0 3.0
4 Afghanistan 33.5 72.4 0.2 0.2
5 Namibia 32.4 70.1 60.2 10.4 13.9 15.6 9.2 8.5
6 South Africa 29.9 64.6 56.0 18.5 17.8 7.6 9.2 9.0
7 Algeria 29.1 63.0 57.3 24.4 18.3 0.0 1.0 1.1
8 Turkey 28.5 61.7 57.6 8.6 33.8 0.0 1.9 1.9
9 Iran (Islamic Republic of) 28.4 61.4 1.0 1.0
10 Lesotho 28.2 61.0 57.4 3.2 10.5 28.9 4.6 4.6
11 Georgia 27.9 60.4 18.4 43.0 38.5 0.1 10.5 11.6
12 Nauru 27.3 59.0 22.0 3.7 74.3 0.0 0.0 6.3
13 Zimbabwe 27.2 58.8 62.8 1.3 12.0 23.9 4.5 4.2
14 Libya 26.4 57.0 0.0 0.0
15 Botswana 26.2 56.6 48.1 23.5 4.4 24.0 10.0 11.8
16 Uganda 26.0 56.3 11.0 0.1 3.1 85.8 9.8 10.3
17 Pakistan 26.0 56.2 0.3 0.4
18 Lao People's Democratic Republic 25.9 56.0 50.1 0.0 49.8 0.0 10.5 10.9
19 United Republic of Tanzania 25.8 55.7 12.2 0.4 1.6 85.8 9.6 9.9
20 Rwanda 25.6 55.4 14.8 0.2 2.7 82.3 8.4 7.6
21 Nigeria 25.5 55.0 7.9 0.4 0.6 91.1 13.0 12.5
22 Lebanon 25.0 54.1 33.9 15.4 49.2 1.5 1.4 1.2
23 Jordan 24.6 53.2 19.9 2.6 75.9 1.6 0.8 1.0
24 Morocco 24.5 52.9 42.9 39.8 17.0 0.4 0.7 0.7
25 Kyrgyzstan 24.0 51.9 11.6 2.2 86.2 0.0 6.5 7.4
26 Burundi 23.7 51.2 39.3 0.1 0.1 60.5 7.0 6.6
27 Viet Nam 22.8 49.3 91.5 0.8 7.7 0.0 9.9 11.4
28 Republic of Moldova 22.8 49.2 16.2 56.6 25.2 2.0 15.1 15.1
29 Cameroon 22.6 48.8 43.5 1.4 0.1 54.9 9.5 10.2
30 Comoros 22.3 48.3 24.6 30.6 44.8 0.0 1.0 1.1
31 Burkina Faso 22.2 47.9 18.0 2.7 5.0 74.2 8.2 8.3
32 Bahrain 22.1 47.9 19.0 6.2 45.2 29.6 1.9 1.8
33 Sudan 22.0 47.5 0.0 0.0
34 Mongolia 21.9 47.2 43.6 1.9 54.5 0.0 6.2 9.1
35 Seychelles 21.8 47.2 68.9 22.4 6.3 2.5 11.2 11.4
36 Cambodia 21.7 47.0 88.1 0.6 11.2 0.1 7.2 8.1
37 Côte d’Ivoire 21.7 46.9 21.9 5.0 0.2 72.9 8.4 8.5
38 Armenia 21.3 46.0 10.6 7.0 82.3 0.1 5.7 6.1
39 Niue 21.0 45.5 56.3 13.1 30.6 0.0 7.0 7.0
40 Cook Islands 20.8 45.1 31.7 16.1 52.2 0.0 16.2 18.3
41 United Arab Emirates 20.5 44.2 10.1 7.7 81.9 0.3 4.2 5.5
42 Thailand 20.3 43.9 28.3 2.7 68.9 0.0 8.7 9.3
43 Russian Federation 20.1 43.5 39.0 12.8 38.6 9.5 12.3 12.4
44 Paraguay 20.1 43.5 54.2 17.4 27.3 1.1 8.3 9.7
45 Sao Tome and Principe 20.1 43.5 19.8 80.2 0.0 0.0 7.1 7.4
46 Philippines 19.9 43.1 27.3 0.4 72.0 0.3 6.8 7.0
47 Saint Lucia 19.8 42.8 35.4 13.2 50.0 1.4 9.6 9.1
48 Brazil 19.3 41.7 61.8 3.4 34.3 0.5 7.8 8.3
49 Kazakhstan 19.2 41.5 30.5 6.5 62.9 0.0 8.1 8.8
50 Bulgaria 19.2 41.5 38.8 17.2 42.9 1.2 13.0 13.4
51 Czechia 19.1 41.3 53.3 21.3 25.4 0.0 14.4 14.4
52 Barbados 19.0 41.1 37.6 10.5 50.0 1.9 9.9 10.5
53 Lithuania 18.9 41.0 43.6 7.3 37.1 12.1 14.4 13.9
54 Romania 18.8 40.7 55.6 28.1 16.4 0.0 13.2 13.8
55 Liberia 18.7 40.5 9.4 1.8 88.2 0.6 5.4 4.9
56 Grenada 18.7 40.4 40.9 7.0 48.3 3.8 9.4 9.6
57 Serbia 18.5 39.9 32.0 42.5 25.4 0.1 11.3 11.6
58 Sierra Leone 18.3 39.5 4.0 1.1 0.0 94.9 5.2 4.7
59 Dominica 18.0 39.0 11.1 0.0 88.9 0.0 7.5 6.9
60 Turkmenistan 17.8 38.6 26.8 35.1 38.0 0.0 6.0 6.8
61 Portugal 17.8 38.4 26.1 61.5 7.7 4.7 11.8 11.0
62 Slovenia 17.7 38.3 41.4 50.6 8.0 0.0 11.6 10.6
63 Zambia 17.7 38.3 36.4 2.7 0.4 60.4 4.8 4.7
64 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 17.7 38.2 36.6 3.6 57.2 2.6 8.4 8.7
65 Myanmar 17.6 38.1 22.4 9.8 67.7 0.0 5.9 6.4
66 Latvia 17.2 37.2 42.8 11.1 40.0 6.1 14.0 15.1
67 Gabon 17.2 37.2 76.3 9.2 13.4 1.1 10.7 10.9
68 Poland 17.1 37.0 56.1 7.8 36.1 0.0 12.0 12.7
69 Hungary 17.1 37.0 35.5 32.2 32.3 0.0 11.2 10.9
70 Saint Kitts and Nevis 17.1 37.0 47.8 6.5 43.4 2.3 9.7 10.3
71 Cabo Verde 17.0 36.7 55.0 45.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 6.2
72 Fiji 16.9 36.5 69.8 1.2 28.9 0.0 3.0 3.1
73 Germany 16.9 36.5 52.6 28.4 18.9 0.0 12.8 12.6
74 France 16.7 36.1 18.8 58.8 20.7 1.7 12.3 12.1
75 Slovakia 16.6 35.8 33.7 20.9 41.9 3.5 11.2 11.3
76 Panama 16.5 35.7 76.9 3.5 19.4 0.3 8.0 8.4
77 Haiti 16.5 35.6 2.3 0.3 97.3 0.1 5.9 6.0
78 Guinea-Bissau 16.5 35.6 13.7 31.3 13.7 41.2 4.8 4.8
79 Belize 16.3 35.1 69.1 1.9 26.7 2.3 7.0 7.2
80 Micronesia (Federated States of) 16.1 34.9 58.1 8.5 32.8 0.6 8.3 2.9
81 Guyana 16.1 34.7 48.4 0.2 50.8 0.6 6.3 6.1
82 South Korea 16.0 34.6 22.2 1.9 7.1 68.9 10.4 10.6
83 Ireland 16.0 34.6 47.0 28.0 18.8 6.2 13.5 13.9
84 Dominican Republic 16.0 34.5 52.2 4.4 41.9 1.5 7.3 8.0
85 Greece 15.9 34.5 31.5 45.5 21.8 1.3 10.7 10.8
86 Nicaragua 15.9 34.5 39.7 0.8 59.5 0.1 5.4 5.8
87 Estonia 15.9 34.4 32.7 7.4 50.3 9.6 11.5 11.9
88 Belgium 15.9 34.3 44.4 38.3 14.2 3.1 12.2 12.3
89 Tajikistan 15.8 34.2 37.9 0.7 60.9 0.4 4.0 4.9
90 Uruguay 15.7 34.0 35.2 43.7 21.1 0.0 12.1 13.3
91 Samoa 15.7 33.9 94.1 5.9 0.0 0.0 2.9 3.3
92 Cyprus 15.6 33.8 29.7 28.4 41.9 0.0 11.0 11.6
93 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 15.6 33.7 35.0 35.7 22.5 6.7 11.5 11.8
94 Equatorial Guinea 15.5 33.5 83.0 17.0 0.0 0.0 11.8 12.4
95 Syrian Arab Republic 15.5 33.4 11.6 1.1 87.2 0.0 0.3 0.3
96 Malawi 15.5 33.4 8.8 0.8 11.3 79.1 3.9 4.3
97 Mexico 15.3 33.1 77.1 2.1 20.4 0.5 7.0 7.7
98 Colombia 15.2 32.9 71.3 1.1 27.2 0.3 5.6 5.3
99 Belarus 15.2 32.8 22.8 2.2 49.0 26.0 12.4 13.2
100 The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 15.1 32.7 35.3 46.6 17.4 0.7 7.5 6.6
101 Andorra 15.1 32.7 34.1 42.0 23.9 0.0 11.0 10.5
102 Congo 15.1 32.7 84.4 4.7 10.3 0.6 7.8 8.2
103 Croatia 15.0 32.4 44.5 39.0 13.0 3.5 8.8 8.2
104 Sri Lanka 14.9 32.2 13.2 0.3 84.9 1.5 4.6 5.1
105 Austria 14.9 32.2 53.5 31.6 14.9 0.0 11.7 11.4
106 Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 14.9 32.1 69.2 0.3 29.2 1.3 4.5 3.9
107 Montenegro 14.8 32.1 10.8 43.1 44.1 2.0 7.9 7.9
108 Finland 14.8 31.9 48.8 20.6 21.5 9.1 10.8 10.9
109 Albania 14.6 31.7 34.3 26.5 37.6 1.7 8.3 9.2
110 India 14.6 31.5 7.5 0.1 92.4 0.0 6.6 7.9
111 Spain 14.6 31.5 54.2 18.0 27.8 0.0 9.6 8.9
112 Argentina 14.6 31.5 39.9 40.2 9.6 10.3 10.0 10.3
113 Egypt 14.3 31.0 62.0 4.4 33.1 0.6 0.4 0.5
114 New Zealand 14.3 30.9 37.4 33.4 28.9 0.3 10.6 10.4
115 Trinidad and Tobago 14.2 30.8 57.9 3.3 37.1 1.7 9.0 9.5
116 Antigua and Barbuda 14.2 30.7 33.0 18.3 45.4 3.2 7.6 8.4
117 Switzerland 14.2 30.6 32.1 48.1 18.5 1.2 10.9 10.3
118 Luxembourg 14.1 30.6 35.4 44.6 20.0 0.0 12.6 12.4
119 Japan 14.1 30.4 18.2 5.5 40.0 36.3 8.0 7.9
120 Kenya 14.1 30.4 39.8 1.8 21.4 37.0 2.7 3.1
121 Gambia 14.1 30.4 8.5 2.1 0.0 89.4 3.9 4.1
122 Denmark 13.9 30.1 37.4 44.7 17.1 0.8 10.3 10.3
123 Ukraine 13.8 29.9 42.3 5.4 51.5 0.8 9.5 10.0
124 Canada 13.8 29.9 45.1 25.6 25.6 3.7 9.1 9.2
125 United States of America 13.7 29.6 47.0 18.1 34.9 0.0 10.1 10.3
126 Chile 13.7 29.6 36.1 33.1 30.8 0.0 9.2 9.1
127 Honduras 13.5 29.1 46.6 1.2 52.1 0.1 4.1 4.3
128 Bosnia and Herzegovina 13.4 29.0 75.8 8.6 12.4 3.2 7.0 7.8
129 Angola 13.4 29.0 70.3 17.6 11.3 0.8 6.1 6.6
130 Australia 13.4 28.9 39.9 37.5 12.9 9.8 10.5 10.3
131 Cuba 13.2 28.5 37.3 4.9 57.4 0.4 6.1 6.4
132 Costa Rica 13.0 28.1 64.1 7.2 27.9 0.8 4.8 4.8
133 China 12.9 27.9 29.6 3.1 67.2 0.0 7.5 8.1
134 Malta 12.8 27.8 36.4 29.9 28.7 4.9 8.3 8.5
135 Uzbekistan 12.8 27.7 34.4 8.6 56.9 0.0 2.6 2.6
136 Iceland 12.8 27.6 56.5 27.9 15.5 0.0 9.5 10.6
137 El Salvador 12.8 27.6 47.8 1.3 50.7 0.1 4.1 4.9
138 Ethiopia 12.6 27.3 54.6 0.3 8.3 36.9 3.5 3.7
139 Sweden 12.5 27.1 36.4 47.8 14.1 1.7 9.8 10.1
140 Iraq 12.4 26.7 71.0 2.4 25.7 0.9 0.5 0.6
141 Suriname 12.1 26.2 44.9 3.5 48.8 2.8 5.1 5.1
142 Netherlands 12.0 26.0 47.8 35.8 16.4 0.0 9.0 8.8
143 Togo 12.0 26.0 37.0 16.0 18.2 28.8 3.1 3.1
144 Tuvalu 12.0 25.9 0.6 84.7 14.1 0.0 1.7 1.7
145 Italy 12.0 25.9 25.4 64.8 9.8 0.0 7.0 6.1
146 Jamaica 11.9 25.8 36.3 4.8 54.2 4.6 4.1 4.0
147 Peru 11.8 25.6 60.1 8.1 31.8 0.0 6.3 6.4
148 Benin 11.6 25.1 63.7 9.6 13.1 13.6 3.7 4.6
149 Mauritius 11.5 25.0 53.9 15.4 30.8 0.0 3.6 3.5
150 Mozambique 11.4 24.6 78.7 8.3 12.4 0.6 2.5 2.6
151 Tonga 10.7 23.1 60.7 11.5 27.9 0.0 1.6 1.7
152 Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 10.5 22.6 72.8 4.3 21.3 1.6 4.9 5.2
153 Solomon Islands 10.4 22.6 93.3 2.9 3.3 0.5 1.3 1.2
154 Ghana 10.2 22.1 28.3 6.6 8.0 57.1 2.7 2.7
155 Bahamas 10.1 21.9 39.2 16.6 41.2 3.0 4.4 4.3
156 Democratic People's Republic of Korea 9.6 20.7 2.7 0.0 97.3 0.0 3.6 3.3
157 Ecuador 9.5 20.6 79.9 1.5 17.8 0.7 4.5 5.1
158 Timor–Leste 9.5 20.5 67.6 32.4 0.0 0.0 3.8 5.5
159 Norway 9.4 20.4 43.9 36.7 16.7 2.7 7.8 8.2
160 Yemen 9.4 20.3 89.5 0.0 10.5 0.0 0.1 0.1
161 Madagascar 9.2 20.0 53.8 8.2 38.0 0.0 1.8 1.6
162 Oman 9.1 19.7 39.8 2.8 57.0 0.3 0.8 0.9
163 Guatemala 9.0 19.4 56.1 2.1 41.7 0.2 2.4 2.3
164 Central African Republic 8.8 19.0 25.9 0.7 0.0 73.5 3.2 3.2
165 Papua New Guinea 8.6 18.5 95.2 2.7 2.1 0.0 1.2 1.1
166 Nepal 7.4 16.1 31.0 49.0 20.0 0.0 2.3 2.6
167 Vanuatu 7.4 15.9 38.5 25.4 36.1 0.0 1.4 1.5
168 Democratic Republic of the Congo 7.1 15.3 38.9 0.6 0.7 59.9 3.2 3.4
169 Israel 7.0 15.1 54.4 4.7 39.5 1.4 4.0 4.3
170 Chad 6.9 14.9 70.2 1.0 5.3 23.5 1.7 1.8
171 Eritrea 6.3 13.5 62.1 0.1 0.2 37.7 1.9 2.8
172 Guinea 5.8 12.5 91.1 8.9 0.0 0.0 1.1 1.0
173 Mali 5.7 12.4 15.8 1.2 0.0 83.0 1.3 1.3
174 Qatar 4.4 9.4 25.9 10.2 63.4 0.5 2.1 2.2
175 Saudi Arabia 3.8 8.1 0.2 0.2
176 Mauritania 3.8 8.1 0.0 0.0
177 Azerbaijan 3.7 8.1 61.5 36.9 0.0 1.5 0.7 0.9
178 Kiribati 3.7 7.9 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.4
179 Senegal 3.5 7.6 56.4 34.1 8.5 1.0 0.7 0.6
180 Indonesia 3.4 7.4 18.5 76.4 4.6 0.6 1.1 1.6
181 Malaysia 3.1 6.7 60.7 21.0 17.4 0.8 0.9 0.8
182 Singapore 2.9 6.3 70.0 14.6 13.4 2.1 2.0 2.0
183 Djibouti 2.7 5.8 27.5 16.7 55.0 0.9 0.6 0.7
184 Niger 2.5 5.4 45.0 13.7 41.4 0.0 0.6 0.7
185 Bhutan 1.9 4.2 46.2 4.2 49.6 0.0 0.5 0.4
186 Somalia 1.5 3.3 0.0 0.0
187 Brunei Darussalam 1.3 2.8 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.3
188 Kuwait 1.0 2.1 0.0 0.0
189 Bangladesh 0.9 2.1 0.0 0.0

2015 WHO data for OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries[edit]

The following is a list of OECD countries by the total alcohol consumption per capita age 15+ in litres of pure alcohol as published by the World Health Organization in 2015.[3]

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 Data[edit]

2013 OECD statistics[edit]

The table below lists OECD countries by the annual consumption of pure alcohol in litres, 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 Litres per capita [4] 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  South Africa 11.4 11.4
 
2011
7  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
12  Portugal 10.3 10.3
 
2011
13  United Kingdom 10.3 10.3
 
2011
14  Slovakia 10.2 10.2
 
2011
15  Australia 10 10
 
2011
16   Switzerland 10 10
 
2011
17  Belgium 9.8 9.8
 
2011
18  Finland 9.8 9.8
 
2011
19  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
28  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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WHO - Alcohol". WHO. Archived from the original on 2017-04-18.
  2. ^ "WHO Global status report on alcohol and health 2018" (PDF). who.int.
  3. ^ World Health Statistics 2016 data visualizations dashboard: Harmful use of alcohol Archived 2016-05-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ OECD.Stat: Health Status Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine