This are the world’s top 10 drinking nations, according to CNN in a report released last week.
A country whose former prime minister, the legendary Bob Hawke, was once in the Guinness Book of Records for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 2.5 seconds.
Germans may not be Europe’s biggest beer drinkers (that honor goes to the Czechs) but they’ve cornered the market in celebrating its consumption. This is largely thanks to Oktoberfest, Bavaria’s month-long answer to St. Patrick’s Day.
Statistically Africa’s biggest drinkers, Ugandans enjoy a pot of ajono, a semi-fermented beer. “Getting a round in” here just involves passing the straw.
7. South Korea
Alcohol dissolves South Korea’s strict social protocols nearly as easily as it dissolves brain cells.
Moldova — the worlds booziest nation, according to the WHO, drinking the equivalent of 18 liters of pure alcohol per person in a year. Whoever markets a better hangover cure here — pickle juice is the local favorite — is going to get rich.
You know you should have brought extra painkillers when the local liquor is known as “hangover in a bottle.”
Supermarkets here rarely sell alcohol that isn’t French. They’re happy to eat snails, but they won’t touch Belgian beer.
Drinking in Russia isn’t something that’s necessarily done for enjoyment, but something that’s stoically endured. Like a Siberian winter, gloomy literature or a shirtless political leader.
Chinese Baijiu is a white spirit that can also be used as an industrial-strength cleaner.
While the Irish have one date to celebrate their country’s abiding love of alcohol, the British have three: yesterday, today and tomorrow.