The Ten Most Drunken Countries

Thanks to the World Health Organisation for this one – the ten most drunken countries on earth.





















  1. Well I know we all think the young drink like hell [Anonymous] but that could just be a sign of our age.

  2. in under-21s surely the UK must lead the world by a mile?

  3. Well it’s good to see the Brits have some participation in the list, Phil, even if only in a support role.

  4. OK Mr Manners you can now do the natural follow on article on food consumption, since this is British Pie Week, or as we in Scotland call it, week.

  5. Hard as they try, the Estonians couldn’t have made the list without significant assistance from the tourist industry. The booze trips from Helsinki may not be as significant as they were, but the British have certainly compensated in recent years.
    What a good example of pan-European collaboration! If only the more formal collaborations could be half as successful.

  6. Let’s hope this Lithuanian decision constitutes a binding precedent for the European Court of Human Rights, RobertI.

  7. According to the linked story, a Lithuanian court has forbidden brewery workers to strike because their output is so important!

  8. Yes, Torben, our government is constantly talking about rasing the tax on alcohol but, somehow, never gets round to doing it. Meanwhile the young drink like hell – can’t think where they got the habit from.

  9. The over-representation of eastern-European countries may have something to do with the price of alcohol: Where I’m from (Denmark), getting pissed in a bar costs a small fortune, and even if you buy your poison in a store, it is by no means cheap.

  10. I can well believe 2), Keith but, not being employed by News International, I’ve never been obliged to bribe an official.

  11. A colleague who is Finnish and allegedly once worked for the KGB once told me there were 2 things you needed to be able to do to do business in Moscow:
    1) Bribe officials (he said he used to claim these on expenses, marking them as ‘taxi fares’)
    2) Drink vodka at 8am.

  12. I think it’s something to do with what they drink, Dr Bob, I’ve found that, after a week in Moscow, I fancy a vodka sharpener pretty soon after getting out of bed.

  13. Andorra aside I notice that the rest are former communist states. Probably still running their 5 year plans for Vodka production which obviously still has to be consumed…..

  14. I take it you don’t have a retainer from Andorra’s Ministry for Public Relations, RobertI? Actually it might do Andorra some good by attracting the corporate hospitality/stag party/bankers’ team-building exercises/under21holiday/ boozers’ trade.

  15. I haven’t read the source material, but Andorra’s inclusion might be due to a methodology error – if it is ranked by alcohol sales per capita, a lot of booze is bought there and then exported into France and Spain because the tax is even lower than its neighbours. There is also the tourist apres-ski factor.

  16. I know, Phil, it seems these Eastern Europeans have shamed the rest of us as nations of alco-wussies.

  17. How could Ireland have missed the top-ten? Or the French wine-drinkers? Or the German beer-drinkers…

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