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Bottoms up! Countries that consume most alcohol

September 09, 2013 09:33 IST

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About 250 billion litres of alcohol is consumed all across the world, with European nations leading the pack.

Let's take a look at some countries that consume most alcohol.

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Image: People toast with beer mugs at Munich's Oktoberfest in Germany.
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The Czech Republic

Per capita alcohol consumption: 210.4 litres

Rank in alcohol consumption: 1

The country's capital Prague is a well-known destination for bachelor parties thanks to its drinking culture. Beer is the number one drink in the Czech Republic, at 83 per cent, while wine comes second at 10 per cent, spirits at more than 3 per cent and ready to drink or high-strength alcohol premixes is at fourth position.

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Image: People relax in a park during a warm spring day in Prague, the Czech Republic.
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Ireland

Per capita alcohol consumption: 195.6 litres

Rank in alcohol consumption: 2

In Ireland, 72 per cent of all alcoholic drinks are beer, with wine at second place, 13 per cent, and perry and cider enjoying 10 per cent. The country is famous for its pubs and heavy drinking.

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Image: A view of the inside of the Coffee To Get Her restaurant near Dublin city centre which becomes a bar and club in the evenings.
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Estonia

Per capita alcohol consumption: 185.5 litres

Rank in alcohol consumption: 3

In Estonia, more than 68 per cent of all alcoholic drinks are beer, ready to drink or high-strength alcoholic premixes account for 9.2 per cent, spirits 9.1 per cent and wine 8.6 per cent.

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Image: View of Estonia's capital Tallinn.
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Germany

Per capita alcohol consumption: 170.2 litres

Rank in alcohol consumption: 4

In Germany, 73 per cent of all alcohol consumed is beer, while wine takes up 18 per cent of the market share. Germany hosts the largest beer festival - Oktoberfest - in the world.

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Image: Tourists Caro and Anna from Munich lie in a bed mounted to a rental bike as they ride along Friedrichstrasse in central Berlin, Germany.
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Austria

Per capita alcohol consumption: 169 litres

Rank in alcohol consumption: 5

In Austria, around 70 per cent of all drinks consumed are beer, with wine second at more than 22 per cent and ready to drink or high-strength alcohol premixes accounting for about 5 per cent.

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Image: Visitors watch a person sliding down a huge water pipe at a public swimming pool on a hot sunny day in Vienna, Austria.
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Finland

Per capita alcohol consumption: 145.5 litres

Rank in alcohol consumption: 6

In Finland. 70 per cent of all alcoholic drinks consumed are beer, while wine accounts for more than 10 per cent. Ready to drink or high-strength alcoholic premixes have a 7 per cent market share.

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Image: Visitors walk down the main street at Moomin World theme park in Naatali, Finland.
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Belgium

Per capita alcohol consumption: 144.6 litres

Rank in alcohol consumption: 7

In Belgium, more than 73 per cent of all alcoholic drinks consumed are beer, with wine enjoying 23 per cent share. Spirits, such as whiskey and vodka, account for 3 per cent.

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Image: A tourist takes a picture of a model of an English guard in front of a miniature reproduction of the Buckingham Palace in the Mini-Europe park, where all the models are built at a scale of 1:25, in Brussels, Belgium.
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Lithuania

Per capita alcohol consumption: 141.5 litres

Rank in alcohol consumption: 8

of all alcoholic drinks consumed in Lithuania, beer accounts for 78 per cent while wine enjoys a 9 per cent market. Spirits come at third with 7 per cent share.

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Image: A man drives a city resident in a Velomobile outside the cathedral in Vilnius, Lithuania.
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South Africa

Per capita alcohol consumption: 140.3 litres

Rank in alcohol consumption: 9

It's the beer that rules the alcohol market, with a lion share of 79 per cent, while wine comes second with 8 per cent share. Cider and perry account for more than 5 per cent.

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Image: Cityscape of Johannesburg in South Africa.
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United States

Per capita alcohol consumption: 129.3 litres

Rank in alcohol consumption: 10

In the United States, it's the beer that accounts for more than 81 per cent of all drinks consumed. Wine enjoys a 10 per cent share of alcohol consumption, while spirits have a 6 per cent market.


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