The 15 Drunkest Countries on the Planet

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The United States ranks 57th in the world in pure alcohol consumption in liters per capita among those aged 15 or higher, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). But while we're slacking down here in the 50s, other nations are topping the charts.

The WHO compiled an extensive list of the drinking habits of more than 150 nations and categorized them into recorded consumption (consumption of alcohol purchased through regular channels), unrecorded consumption (consumption of alcohol produced, distributed and sold outside regular channels, such as homemade or smuggled alcohol), beer consumption, wine consumption, spirits consumption (distilled alcoholic beverages) and other consumption.

Want to find out which of our neighbors is putting us to shame in the drinking department? Then check out our slideshow of the 15 drunkest nations in the world.

15. Ireland

The Irish barely make it onto the list at No. 15. The nation that has become synonymous with Guinness stout unsurprisingly drinks more beer than any other alcoholic beverage. And they keep it traditional, too, with recorded consumption far above unrecorded.

Random CIA Factbook Fact: 87.4% of all residents are Roman Catholic.

(Note: All values are in liters.)

- Total: 14.41
- Recorded: 13.39
- Unrecorded: 1.00
- Beer: 7.04
- Wine: 2.75
- Spirits: 2.51
- Other: 1.09

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

14. Portugal

When you have a football team as good as Portugal's, why not celebrate with a few drinks? Or in their case, a whole lot of drinks. Wine is the drink of choice for the Portuguese, as it nearly doubles the amount of beer consumed per person. If Portugal captures the World Cup this year, then we have a hunch these numbers might rise a bit.

Random CIA Factbook Fact: Portugal is slightly smaller than Indiana.

- Total: 14.55 
- Recorded: 12.45
- Unrecorded: 2.10
- Beer: 3.75
- Wine: 6.65
- Spirits: 1.27
- Other: 0.51

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

13. South Korea

The creators of taekwondo sure know how to put away their liquor, as spirits are far and away the main alcoholic choice of this Asian nation. They are also not too fond of wine, as South Koreans drink a mere 0.06 liters per person per year.

Random CIA Factbook Fact: South Korea ranks as the 11th most-connected nation in the world with 39.4 million Internet users as of 2009.

- Total: 14.80
- Recorded: 11.80
- Unrecorded: 3.00
- Beer: 2.14
- Wine: 0.06
- Spirits: 9.57
- Other: 0.04

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

12. Lithuania

Lithuania lands in the 12th spot on the list with slightly more than 15 liters per person per year. Beer is quite popular in the nation, particularly after its independence in 1990, and local breweries are common throughout the country. Lithuanian beers, most notably vyturys, have won international awards.

Random CIA Factbook Fact: Lithuania's national symbol is a mounted knight known as Vytis, aka The Chaser.

- Total: 15.03
- Recorded: 12.03
- Unrecorded: 3.00
- Beer: 5.60
- Wine: 1.80
- Spirits: 4.50
- Other: 0.60

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

11. Croatia

Croatia ranks 11th on the list thanks in large part to its wine production and consumption. The nation has been producing wine for more than 2,500 years and currently has more than 300 distinct wine-producing regions. Much of the wine Croatia produces is white, though it does create reds and, less commonly, rose wines.

Random CIA Factbook Fact: There is only one heliport in Croatia.

- Total: 15.11
- Recorded: 12.61
- Unrecorded: 2.50
- Beer: 4.66
- Wine: 5.80
- Spirits: 1.91
- Other: 0.14

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

10. Belarus

Belarus is barely old enough to drink by U.S. law (the nation is only 23 years old), but that has not stopped the population from cracking the top 10. Vodka is the traditional drink of the country, and Belarus consumes more spirits than any other type of liquor.

Random CIA Factbook Fact: Belarus had unemployment of just 1%, which ranked it sixth in the world, as of 2009.

- Total: 15.13
- Recorded: 11.22
- Unrecorded: 3.91
- Beer: 1.84
- Wine: 0.80
- Spirits: 4.08
- Other: 2.67

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

9. Slovenia

Slovenia drinks plenty of beer, but wine is king in this Central European nation. The country produces between 80 and 90 million liters of wine per year from its more than 28,000 wineries. Approximately 75% of this country's wine is white.

Random CIA Factbook Fact: Slovenians have the right to vote at age 18, but can vote at age 16 if they are employed.

- Total: 15.19
- Recorded: 12.19
- Unrecorded: 3.00
- Beer: 4.10
- Wine: 5.10
- Spirits: 1.33
- Other: 0.00

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

8. Romania

Romania is a pretty equal opportunity consumer of alcohol, as beer and spirits are nearly even. But even though the nation doesn't drink as much of it, Romania is a prolific wine producer and has been making the drink for more than 3,000 years. 

Random CIA Factbook Fact: Slightly more than 1% of people in Romania speak the Romany, also known as Gypsy, language.

- Total: 15.30
- Recorded: 11.30
- Unrecorded: 4.00
- Beer: 4.07
- Wine: 2.33
- Spirits: 4.14
- Other: 0.00

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

7. Andorra

Andorra is the sixth smallest nation in Europe at just 181 square miles, but that hasn't stopped the tiny country from outclassing many of its larger brethren in the drinking department. Andorra also had the third-highest life expectancy at birth (84 years old) in 2009, so it doesn't seem like all that alcohol is bothering them one bit!

Random CIA Factbook Fact: Andorra has a population of just 85,293 according to a July 2013 estimate and is just 2.5 times the size of Washington, D.C.

- Total: 15.48
- Recorded: 14.08
- Unrecorded: 1.40
- Beer: 3.93
- Wine: 5.69
- Spirits: 3.14
- Other: 0.00

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

6. Estonia

Estonia's presence on this list means that two of the three Baltic States (sorry, Latvia) crack the top 15. Spirits are the drink of choice here, though beer is still quite common.

Random CIA Factbook Fact: Estonia's Independence Day is Feb. 24.

- Total: 15.57
- Recorded: 13.77
- Unrecorded: 1.80
- Beer: 5.53
- Wine: 1.09
- Spirits: 9.19
- Other: 0.43

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

5. Ukraine

Ukraine is the first entry in the top five thanks in large part to its unrecorded alcohol consumption, which ranks second in the world (only Moldova has more). The Ukrainians also drink more spirits than anything else, and vodka, sometimes infused with fruit or spices, is a common beverage.

Random CIA Factbook Fact: Ukraine has the second-highest death rate in the world with 15.75 deaths per 1,000 people, according to a 2013 estimate.

- Total: 15.60
- Recorded: 8.10
- Unrecorded: 7.50
- Beer: 2.69
- Wine: 0.58
- Spirits: 5.21
- Other: 0.02

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

4. Russia

The largest nation on this list by both size and population, Russia consumes more spirits than any other beverage, which is unsurprising for a nation famous for its vodka. Russians also do not seem to be fond of wine, as they consume a mere tenth of a liter per person per year.

Random CIA Factbook Fact: Russia has the fifth-most airports in the world at 1,218.

- Total: 15.76
- Recorded: 11.03
- Unrecorded: 4.73
- Beer: 3.65
- Wine: 0.10
- Spirits: 6.88
- Other: 0.34

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

3. Hungary

Hungarians drink plenty of alcohol but do not discriminate, as they have one of the most even-spreads across beer, wine and spirits on this list. Wine narrowly edges out beer for the top spot, as the nation produces a wide variety of whites and reds.

Random CIA Factbook Fact: Hungary imports the ninth-most electricity in the world at 16.97 billion kWh, according to a 2012 estimate.

- Total: 16.27
- Recorded: 12.27
- Unrecorded: 4.00
- Beer: 4.42
- Wine: 4.94
- Spirits: 3.02
- Other: 0.14

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

2. Czech Republic

The Czech Republic nearly took the top spot, but one nation drinks it under the table. Still, the country is one of the largest beer consumers in the world at an impressive 8.51 liters per person per year.

Random CIA Factbook Fact: The Czech Republic had a 32.7% obesity rate among adults as of 2008, which ranked it as 21st in the world.

- Total: 16.45
- Recorded: 14.97
- Unrecorded: 1.48
- Beer: 8.51
- Wine: 2.33
- Spirits: 3.59
- Other: 0.39

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

1. Moldova

The Republic of Moldova is the drunkest nation in the world thanks in large part to its unrecorded alcohol consumption, which comes in at a whopping 10 liters per capita per year. In fact, Moldova is the only nation on this list (and one of only a handful in the world) that consumes more unrecorded than recorded alcohol. The country also has a nearly even spread across beer, wine and spirits.

What's more, while Moldova declared itself an independent state in 1991, the country only adopted its official constitution on July 29, 1994, so we're not sure it would even be able to drink legally in the U.S.!

Random CIA Factbook Fact: In 2011, Moldova spent 8.6% of its GDP on education.

- Total: 18.22
- Recorded: 8.22
- Unrecorded: 10.00
- Beer: 4.57
- Wine: 4.67
- Spirits: 4.22
- Other: 0.00

Also see: The 10 Drunkest States in America... and the 10 Most Sober.

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