Residents in Europe are known as the most accomplished drunkards in the whole world. Photo/Reuters
The countries that have the most number of drunkards in the world are dominated by countries on the European continent. That’s probably because alcohol has become part of the tradition of life in Europe.
People in Europe consume more alcohol than anywhere else in the world. Every year in Europe, everyone aged 15 and over consumes an average of 9.5 liters of pure alcohol. That equates to about 190 liters of beer, 80 liters of wine or 24 liters of liquor.
Total alcohol consumption per capita decreased by 2.5 liters (21%) between 2000 and 2019 in WHO Europe. That includes 53 countries including Russia and former Soviet countries such as Moldova.
In 2019, 8.4% of the EU adult population (over 15 years) consumed alcohol daily, 28.8% weekly and 22.8% monthly. Interestingly, 26.2% said they had never consumed alcoholic beverages or had not consumed them in the past 12 months.
Here are the 10 European countries with which their citizens are known to drink the highest amounts of alcohol per capita.
1. Czech (14.3 liters)
The Czech Republic is one of the countries with the highest average alcohol consumption per capita. On average, the Czech Republic consumes 10 liters of alcohol per person per year. Czech binge drinking is also among the highest in the world.
According to the Prague Morning report, around 900,000 people, which is almost a tenth of adults in the Czech Republic, consume alcohol every day. And in fact, about 1.5 million people are involved in harmful drinking patterns.
Despite a decline in alcohol consumption of more than 8% over the last six years, the Czech Republic still holds the first position as the largest alcohol consumer.
In fact, in September 2022, the Czech Government imposed a ban on the export of liquor to the European Union, following the deaths of 23 people due to alcohol poisoning.
A study found the Czech Republic has one of the worst records in Europe for underage drinking, with more than 40% of 15-year-olds admitting they drink alcohol regularly.
Czechs are routinely ranked as one of Europe’s largest consumers of beer, although consumption rates have declined somewhat. A report by the Czech Beer and Malt Association last month said per capita consumption of beer had fallen for the second year in a row to (just) 129 liters, the fifth lowest level since records began in 1950.
2. Latvia (13,2 liter)
In Latvia the costs for alcohol consumption are higher than the EU average. Latvians spent 951 million euros on liquor in 2021. That is equivalent to 2.8% of gross domestic product (GDP). That represents 5.0% of total consumption expenditure, making it proportionately the country where households spend more on alcohol than anywhere else in the EU.