The 10 Drunkest Countries In The World

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Every year, come late March and early April, masses of King Penguins begin their yearly trek to the same spots in and around Antarctica, some walking as far as 75 miles, to meet potential mates and to procreate. Some breeding grounds, like Lusitania Bay in Macquarie Island near Antarctica, attracts upwards of 175,000 breeding pairs.

In the human world we call this activity “Spring Break.” In honor of this storied tradition, I thought we’d take a look at the drunkest countries in the world, as per the newly-released 2011 statistics from the World Health Organization. Before reading on, guess who’s number one. Germany? England? South Sudan (what up newest country in the world!)?

The answer is Moldova. Yes, the tiny country of 1.5 million succesfully put away such runner-ups as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, and Ukraine. (The United States came in at a paltry 56th place if you were wondering.)

Here’s a breakdown of the top 10. Plan your next vacation accordingly!

1) Republic of Moldova

2) Czech Republic

3) Hungary

4) Russia

5) Ukraine

6) Estonia

7) Andorra

8) Romania

9) Slovenia

10) Belarus

By Matt Stabile



Matt Stabile Bio PictureMatt Stabile is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Expeditioner. The Expeditioner began in 2008 and is headquartered in New York City. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos or contact him at any time at (@TheExpeditioner)

  • Sims Master

    how is Andorra, its smaller than a canary island? and the US should be on your list

  • Vdsfgfnn

    NAURU is the Drunkest country in the world… =)

  • I have read a very few articles with such an unique content….I know that UK and Russian people are the dead drinkers,as i have a get together with them during my trips tere…

  • Ukraine and the UK have switched places since I moved back to London…

  • Anonymous

    The Geography of Bliss is required, Moldova seems a rather miserable. After a trip to Russia for a month, I am surprised it’s not higher on the list.

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  • Focus503

    Paltry indeed. Americans have a poor relationship with alcohol.

  • Anonymous

    Gotta love eastern Europe.

  • Breathed a sigh of relief not to see Ireland in there….

  • Awesome we will be going through at least 8 of the countries in July on the Mongol Rally. Good thing we are Canadian and can drink :-)

  • Actually Candice, not that surprising. If what Eric Weiner wrote in The Geography of Bliss was accurate, Moldova sounds like quite a miserable place. After traveling in Russia for a month, I’m surprised it’s not higher in the list.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah good point, it’d be interesting to compare a happiness index to this. Anyone looking for an extra credit project?

  • Candice walsh

    Wow, these are actually pretty surprising…obvsly I need to drink more.

  • Jonwick

    56th? fifty-freaking-sixth? sigh…

  • I can´t believe this was not assigned to me…haha…good stuff.

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