Friday, February 24, 2012

25 Drunkest Countries in the World - 2011

Alcohol is a psychoactive drug that has a depressant effect. A high blood alcohol content is usually considered to be legal drunkenness because it reduces attention and slows reaction speed. Alcohol can be addictive, and the state of addiction to alcohol is known as alcoholism. Most of the people in some countries are too much addicted to these alcoholic beverages such as beers, wines, and spirits.


 A 2011 report by the World Health Organization states that 2.5 million deaths per year are caused by alcohol. "Almost 4% of all deaths worldwide," the report says, "are attributed to alcohol, greater than deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, violence or tuberculosis." Taking into account government data, surveys conducted by WHO, and other sources, the report provides a snapshot of alcohol consumption in the organization's 193 member countries. According to WHO, rates of consumption are generally highest in the developed world and rates of abstention are generally lowest in countries with large Muslim populations.

Now let's take a look at the top 25 drunkest countries in the world according to this report. The report looked at alcohol consumed in various forms (including beer, wine and spirits), but the numbers listed are given in terms of the average amount of pure alcohol consumed annually per capita in each country.

25. Latvia - 3.30 gal./person


24. Finland - 3.31 gal./person


23. Germany - 3.38 gal./person


22. Luxembourg - 3.44 gal./person


21. Austria - 3.50 gal./person


20. Netherlands - 3.50 gal./person


19. Slovakia - 3.52 gal./person


18. Denmark - 3.53 gal./person


17. United Kingdom - 3.53 gal./person


16. France - 3.61 gal./person


15. Ireland - 3.81 gal./person


14. Portugal - 3.84 gal./person


13. South Korea - 3.91 gal./person


12. Lithuania - 3.97 gal./person


11. Croatia - 3.99 gal./person


10. Belarus - 4.00 gal./person


9. Slovenia - 4.01 gal./person


8. Romania - 4.04 gal./person


7. Andorra - 4.09 gal./person


6. Estonia - 4.11 gal./person


5. Ukraine - 4.12 gal./person


4. Russia - 4.16 gal./person


3. Hungary - 4.30 gal./person


2. Czech Republic - 4.35 gal./person


1. Moldova - 4.81 gal./person



Bonus Rankings...


56. United States - 2.49 gal./person


188. Yemen ( last place ) - 0.01 gal./person