The 25 Countries Where People Drink The Most Booze

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The World Health Report has released the results of its 15-year global alcohol consumption survey, and the "winner" of the Booziest Country award goes to: Belarus!

This nation of about 9.5 million inhabitants is widely considered by Western nations to be Europe's last dictatorship, having been ruled by the autocrat Alexander Lukashenko for the past 20 years. It's also the only European nation with the death penalty, and its society more closely resembles its previous existence as a Soviet state than it does a free nation. It's enough to drive a person to drink.

The per capita yearly pure alcohol consumption — in other words, the amount consumed if you only counted the actual alcohol content in a given drink — in Belarus is 14.37 liters. That works out to about four drinks per person every single day. That's a lot of booze!

Second place is Andorra, a tiny nation sandwiched between France and Spain in the Pyrenees Mountains. Andorra functions mostly as a tax haven where Euros can buy cheap booze and other goods, so its status isn't so surprising.

The United States surprisingly doesn't crack the top 25, coming in at number 37 with 8.77 liters of pure alcohol consumption per capita every year.

Here's the complete list, with countries listed before their yearly per capita consumption of pure alcohol, in liters. Let us know what you think!

1. Belarus 14.37

2. Andorra 13.31

3. Lithuania 12.9

4. Czech Republic 12.69

5. Grenada 12.4

6. Austria 12.1

7. Ireland 11.92

8. France 11.7

9. Saint Lucia 11.6

10. Estonia 11.36

11. Luxembourg 11.36

12. Germany 11.21

13. Russian Federation 11.12

14. Slovakia 10.96

15. Portugal 10.84

16. Hungary 10.78

17. Croatia 10.7

18. Poland 10.7

19. Belgium 10.57

20. Denmark 10.4

21. Australia 10.37

22. Bahamas 10.34

23. Slovenia 10.32

24. United Kingdom 10.26

25. Bulgaria 10.2

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