Revellers, boozers, social-drinkers, bar-hoppers and pub crawlers; they all enjoy throwing back the drinks and holding on to the good times. There’s nothing wrong with having fun and being social so long as everything is done in moderation. Doctors recommend only 3-4 units of alcohol should be consumed daily; however, the following countries are paying attention as they consume on average at least 500 pints of light beer or 350 glasses of wine annually.
It’s not a competition; but if it was, then these 12 countries would be the overall winners. That’s not really a good or positive thing, but that’s reality for you. Each of their alcohol consumption is measured in equivalent liters of pure ethanol consumed per capita per year, and if you enjoy a good party you might want to be visiting one of these hot spots quite soon. Be safe!
There’s no denying that Slovenian women are known to be some of the most beautiful in the world; they can hold their drink too. In the capital, Ljubljana, the average person consumes 10.6 liters of pure alcohol each year. America is slightly behind consuming 8.6 liters in comparison.
The country is home to more than 100 breweries with Carlsberg and Tuborg being amongst the most famous of them all. In Copenhagen 10.6 liters of pure alcohol is consumed by locals each year. Here to me, boys!
There are 22 wine regions in Hungary, so it shouldn’t be surprising that Budapest residents typically consume 10.8 litres of pure alcohol each year. If you’re a tourist and want to drink yourself silly too, then bring your best moves with you as Hungarians are known to love hitting the dance floor.
Belgium is bordered by four countries, so there is always plenty of importing and exporting of fine beers. Surprisingly Belgium is the 13th most important exporting nation in the world, which is quite an achievement for a country with less than 0.2% of the world’s population. Please note that a typical resident in Brussels will consume 10.8 liters of pure alcohol a year.
Madrid has more cloudless days than any other city in Europe at 250 days per year, the perfect excuse to always have a cold drink close by. The stunning city is also known to consume a sweltering 11.4 liters of pure alcohol a year.
The Portuguese consume just as much pure alcohol a year as their Spanish neighbors – an average of 11.4 liters per resident. An interesting fact about the countries capital, Lisbon, is they were the first city to have bought Guinness from the United Kingdom.
6. Czech Republic
If you have heard the rumor that in Prague the beer is cheaper than water; you heard right. The capital consumes an average of 11.5 liters of pure alcohol per resident, each year. So if you ever visit this picturesque location – be sure to do as the locals do.
With the average Dubliner consuming 11.6 liters of pure alcohol a year, Ireland has secured itself a place in the top five on this list. There are many who would assume this to be a lot higher as the country is well-known for throwing back the Guinness. No surprises there!
11.7 liters of pure alcohol is consumed by those who live in Munich each year; it would be no surprise if this was all during Oktoberfest – the city’s most famous festival. Six million visitors attend the event over it’s 16 days and there’s always plenty of booze flowing.
Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, is known as one of the most romantic cities in Europe and was also voted ‘City of Culture’ many times. The residents of this tranquil location were also voted some of the heaviest drinkers in the world, as they each consume an average of 12.0 liters of pure alcohol per year.
Austrian’s in Vienna are known to consume an average of 12.2 liters of pure alcohol individually each a year. This extremely high statistic is probably due to the consumption of Stroh rum, which is a favorite in the capital but also has a deadly 80% abv. A perfect day in Vienna always ends with a large glass of wine. Local prices range from $5 up to $12.
Paris is the highest alcohol consuming capital in the world, with the average person ploughing through 12.6 liters of the stuff each year. Wine is not a low-in-alcohol beverage and they do like a glass or five, which soon adds up to a shocking annual intake. In 2013 it was reported by the International Journal of Entrepreneurship that 17% of Paris locals were drinking wine every day and 45% drank wine at least twice a week. For the French, it’s just a way of life.