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15 countries that drink the most alcohol

Last updated on: June 6, 2012 11:06 IST

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Recently, the World Health Organisation released a comprehensive report on the global status of alcohol, in order to help countries combat the harmful use of alcohol and avoid negative health and social consequences.

It has also ranked countries based on consumption of alcohol.

So, let's take a look at the 15 nations that drink the most.

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Image: People wearing traditional Bavarian clothes toast with beer during the opening day of the Oktoberfest in Munich.
Photographs: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

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1. Moldova

Per capita alcohol consumption: 18.22 litres

Recorded consumption: 8.22 litres

Unrecorded consumption: 10.00 litres

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 4.57 litres

Wine: 4.67 litres

Spirits: 4.42 litres

Other: 0.00 litres

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Image: A man crosses the street in the rain in Chisinau, Moldova.
Photographs: Gleb Garanich/Reuters
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2. Czech Republic

Per capita alcohol consumption: 16.45 litres

Recorded consumption: 14.97 litres

Unrecorded consumption: 1.48 litres

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 8.51 litres

Wine: 2.33 litres

Spirits: 3.59 litres

Other: 0.39 litres

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Image: People enjoy a sunny day in a park in Prague.
Photographs: David W Cerny/Reuters

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3. Hungary

Per capita alcohol consumption: 16.27 litres

Recorded consumption: 12.27 litres

Unrecorded consumption: 4.00 litres

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 4.42 litres

Wine: 4.94 litres

Spirits: 3.02 litres

Other: 0.14 litres

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Image: Men hold onto a girl as they throw water at her as part of traditional Easter celebrations in Holloko, 100km east of Budapest.
Photographs: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
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4. Russia

Per capita alcohol consumption: 15.76 litres

Recorded consumption: 11.03 litres

Unrecorded consumption: 4.73 litres

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 3.65 litres

Wine: 0.10 litres

Spirits: 6.88 litres

Other: 0.34 litres

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Image: People celebrate New Year's Day on an ice rink in Red Square in Moscow.
Photographs: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters
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5. Ukraine

Per capita alcohol consumption: 15.60 litres

Recorded consumption: 8.10 litres

Unrecorded consumption: 7.50 litres

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 2.69 litres

Wine: 0.58 litres

Spirits: 5.21 litres

Other: 0.02 litres

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Image: People walk in front Kiev's Opera in downtown Kiev.
Photographs: Gleb Garanich/Reuters
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6. Estonia

Per capita alcohol consumption: 15.57 litres

Recorded consumption: 13.77 litres

Unrecorded consumption: 1.80 litres

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 5.53 litres

Wine: 1.09 litres

Spirits: 9.19 litres

Other: 0.43 litres

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Image: Tourists gather at the City Hall square in Tallinn.
Photographs: Ints Kalnins/Reuters
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7. Andorra

Per capita alcohol consumption: 15.48 litres

Recorded consumption: 14.08 litres

Unrecorded consumption: 1.40 litres

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 3.93 litres

Wine: 5.69 litres

Spirits: 3.14 litres

Other: 0.00 litres

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Image: Susanne Georgi of Andorra performs during rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow.
Photographs: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters
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8. Romania

Per capita alcohol consumption: 15.30 litres

Recorded consumption: 11.30 litres

Unrecorded consumption: 4.00 litres

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 4.07 litres

Wine: 2.33 litres

Spirits: 4.14 litres

Other: 0.00 litres

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Image: A man sleeps at the table as others wait for the sun to rise in the village of Vama Veche, 300km east of Bucharest.
Photographs: Mihai Barbu/Reuters
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9. Belarus

Per capita alcohol consumption: 15.13 litres

Recorded consumption: 11.22

Unrecorded consumption: 3.91

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 1.84 litres

Wine: 0.80 litres

Spirits: 4.08 litres

Other: 2.67 litres

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Image: A tourist crosses a river in a suburb of the city of Gomel, some 320km southeast of Minsk.
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10. Croatia

Per capita alcohol consumption: 15.11 litres

Recorded consumption: 12.61 litres

Unrecorded consumption: 2.50 litres

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 4.66 litres

Wine: 5.80 litres

Spirits: 1.91 litres

Other: 0.14 litres

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Image: A view of the town of Dubrovnik, Croatia's most popular Adriatic destination.
Photographs: Nikola Solic/Reuters
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11. South Korea

Per capita alcohol consumption: 14.80 litres

Recorded consumption: 11.80 litres

Unrecorded consumption: 3.00 litres

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 2.14 litres

Wine: 0.06 litres

Spirits: 9.57 litres

Other: 0.04 litres

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Image: A general view shows part of central Seoul.
Photographs: Lee Jae Won/Reuters
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12. Portugal

Per capita alcohol consumption: 14.55 litres

Recorded consumption: 14.55 litres

Unrecorded consumption: 2.10 litres

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 3.75 litres

Wine: 6.65 litres

Spirits: 1.27 litres

Other: 0.51 litres

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Image: Passengers wait for their trains at Lisbon's subway station.
Photographs: Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters
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13. Ireland

Per capita alcohol consumption: 14.41 litres

Recorded consumption: 13.41

Unrecorded consumption: 1.00

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 7.04 litres

Wine: 2.75 litres

Spirits: 2.51 litres

Other: 1.09 litres

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Image: People hang around outside a bar in the Temple Bar area of central Dublin.
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14. France

Per capita alcohol consumption: 13.66 litres

Recorded consumption: 13.30 litres

Unrecorded consumption: 0.36 litres

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 2.31 litres

Wine: 8.14 litres

Spirits: 2.62 litres

Other: 0.17 litres

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Image: View of rooftops and the Montmartre's Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris.
Photographs: Mal Langsdon/Reuters
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15. United Kingdom

Per capita alcohol consumption: 13.37 litres

Recorded consumption: 11.67 litres

Unrecorded consumption: 1.70 litres

Per capita consumption by type (recorded)

Beer: 4.93 litres

Wine: 3.53 litres

Spirits: 2.41 litres

Other: 0.67 litres


Image: Pedestrians cross the Millenium Bridge spanning the Thames River in London.
Photographs: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

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