Countries with highest per capita consumption of alcohol 2016

The countries with the highest per capita consumption of alcohol include the republic of Moldova, Lithuania, Czechia, and Nigeria. Laws regarding the production, sale and consumption of alcohol differ by region and country but alcohol is one of the most widely used drugs worldwide. Abuse of alcohol has been linked to a number of short-term and long-term negative health effects.

Alcohol consumption worldwide

In 2018, the world consumed around 237 billion liters of alcoholic beverages. In terms of total consumption of alcoholic beverages in liters China, the United States, and Brazil lead the pack. Men consume alcohol at higher rates than women in every region of the world.

Alcohol and health

Long-term use and abuse of alcohol has been linked to numerous negative health impacts including stroke, high blood pressure, liver cirrhosis, and certain cancers. Worldwide there are around 38.8 deaths attributed to alcohol per 100,000 population as of 2016, with the highest rates of death attributed to alcohol occurring in Africa and Europe. Alcohol can be attributed to a quarter of all deaths from digestive diseases as well as 18 percent of unintentional injury deaths.

Countries with the highest per capita consumption of alcohol in 2016

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Release date

April 2019



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15 years and older

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