Alcoholism by Country Statistics

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Alcohol use disorder or alcoholism refers to a serious disease or disorder distinguished by uncontrolled drinking because of emotional and physical dependence as well as a preoccupation with alcohol.

People suffering from this kind of disorder might have issues controlling their drinking, consume alcohol even if it is problematic, or suffer withdrawal symptoms once they ended drinking alcohol.

Treatment for alcoholism includes medications and counselling, and sometimes detoxification to assist the person stop drinking safely.

Statistics on alcohol addiction are a real concern globally, with over three million cases a year.

Americans use an average of 8.7 litres of pure alcohol for every capita yearly; this is equivalent to 29.0 handles of vodka for every individual a year.

Alcohol consumption also differs considerably between countries.

The recent statistic about alcoholism rates in every country is from 2004, which recorded the proportion of females and males, fifteen years old and above, with alcoholism.

Alcoholism By Country Percentage

The yearly average alcohol use worldwide is 6.4 litres for every individual older than fifteen years old.

To report for the disparities in the content of alcohol in different alcoholic drinks like, for instance, beer, wine, and spirits, this is documented in litres of 100 per cent pure alcohol a year.

To make this 6.4-litre average understandable, let us show it in a bottle of wine.

A wine has approximately 12 per cent pure alcohol for every volume so that 1 litre of wine has 0.12 litres of pure alcohol. 

Therefore, the 6.4 litres of alcohol for every person annually is equivalent to 53 bottles of wine for every individual older than 15 or about 1 litre of wine a week.

According to the research, the average for every capita alcohol use differs widely in the world.

There is a massive geographical disparity: Alcohol use across the Middle East and North Africa is relatively low; it is almost zero in various countries.

On the other hand, alcohol consumption in Europe is higher at roughly 15 litres for every person annually in Lithuania, Czechia, and Moldova.

This is equivalent to roughly two bottles of wine for every individual weekly.

Just behind the countries in Eastern Europe are countries in Western Europe, which include Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, France as well as Germany at approximately 12 to 14 litres.

Nigeria is the only country outside Europe with a high rate of alcohol consumption.

Share of Adults Drinking Alcohol

The share of grown-up individuals who consume alcoholic drinks is highest in Australia and Western Europe.

It’s highest in France; in the year 2010, close to 95% of grown-up individuals in France had drunk alcohol in the previous years.

Once more, the occurrence of consuming alcohol in the Middle East and North Africa is notably lower compared to other regions.

Usually, five to ten per cent of grown-up individuals in these regions drunk in the previous year, and in many countries, this was five per cent.

Alcohol Use By Sex 

If you take a look at the gender differences, you will see that in all regions, men tend to drink alcohol a lot than women.

The gender difference appears to be lowest in regions where the entire prevalence of consuming alcohol is high.

Where using incidence is low to mid-range, the occurrence of consuming alcohol in women is likely to considerably lowermost, or often it is less than half the percentage of men.

Statistic regarding the share who consumes alcohol by age group and gender in the United Kingdom is available by clicking here.


The Top Ten Countries with High rates of Alcoholism in Females

Leading countries with the highest rates of alcoholism in females take account of the following:

  • Australia   2.61%
  • Russia 2.58%
  • Norway 2.55%
  • Colombia 2.55%
  • Hungary 2.27%
  • Sweden 2.27%
  • New Zealand 2.20%
  • Republic of Moldova 2.15%
  • Lithuania 1.98%
  • The United States 1.92%

Russia and Australia have the highest prevalence of alcoholism overall, with 2.61 per cent and 2.58 per cent, respectively.

The United States of America has the lowest rate with only 1.92 per cent.

Below are the top countries in the world with the high rate of alcohol use disorder in males:

  • Russia (16.29%)
  • Hungary (15.29%)
  • Lithuania (13.35%)
  • South Korea (13.10%)
  • Latvia (11.54%)
  • Belarus (11.43%)
  • Estonia (11.09%)
  • Niue (10.58%)
  • Colombia (10.33%)
  • Thailand (10.18%)

Russia and Hungary have the highest rating of alcoholism in the male category, and Thailand has the lowest rating with only 10.18 per cent.

The United States is not included in this category.

Heavy Drinking Session 

Alcohol use - whilst a risk factor for many health issues, including irregularities in blood pressure - usually has the greatest harmful effects one taken in heavy sessions.

This drinking pattern is most of the time called binging; this refers to a person drinking large amounts of alcoholic drinks in just one session versus a small quantity more often.

Heavy drinker or heavy episodic drinking refers to the percentage of adult drinkers that have had 60 grams or more than 100% pure alcohol on one occasion in the preceding thirty days.

A consumption of sixty grams of pure alcohol is equivalent to six standard alcoholic beverages.

Research shows that share heavy alcohol drinkers - people who have an incident of heavy drinking within the preceding 30 days - of only drinkers, like for example, people who have consumed less than one drink in the preceding twelve months are expelled.

The evaluation of the latest research with the previous one makes it clear that people who drink a lot aren’t necessarily most common in similar regions where the consumption of alcohol is more popular.

Like for example, in Madagascar, 65% of adult drinkers have had a heavy session of consuming alcohol in the past month.

Paraguay, Lithuania, Mongolia, Austria, Finland as well as Benin all had over 50% of drinkers having a heavy session in the preceding month.

On the contrary, in many countries in South Asia and Africa, this was the case for not more than five per cent of drinkers. Even in European countries, there are big disparities between regions.

For instance, in Italy, just six per cent of adult drinkers had a heavy session of consuming alcohol in contrast to almost half in Ireland.

Spain has 20 per cent, 42 per cent in Belgium and one third in France and UK.

As far as the use of alcohol is a concern, the top countries in the world with the heaviest adult drinkers are as follows:

  • Belarus
  • Lithuania
  • Grenada
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Russia
  • Ireland
  • Luxembourg
  • Slovakia
  • Germany

In general, Belarus residents used 14.6 litres of alcohol a year. This is equivalent to forty-nine handles of vodka for every individual.

The US in comparison with 8.7 litres of alcohol used a year, with an equivalent of twenty-nine handles of vodka for every person.

Belarus is a small landlocked region located in Europe, used the highest percentage of litres of alcohol a year.

Its populace, in general, used 14.4 litres a year, more than 1.5 times higher than people in the US.

While the government of Belarus was quick to refute and contradict the reports published by the World Health Organization (WHO), national anti-alcohol moves were implemented with anticipation of reducing the level of use of alcohol in this country.

Russia, on the other hand, is renowned for its heavy use of vodka, consumed an average of almost 11.5 litres of alcohol a year, not more than the average of 5 other regions.

Even if it still makes the top ten, the typecast of Russians as well as vodka might be decreasing and declining as the Prime Minister of the country has been attacking illegal use of alcohol in light of many deaths related to alcoholism.

Countries that consumed less are Slovakia, Luxembourg as well as Ireland, all consume an average of 11.4 litres a year.

The United States of America claimed the twenty-fifth rank, drinking 8.7 litres of alcohol per capita yearly.

Worldwide, the total number of alcoholic drinks used is more than 70 per cent from the year 1999 to 2017.

Alcohol use increased a lot in middle-income as well as income countries like India, Vietnam as well as China.

On the other hand, it was reduced in countries in Europe that once had the highest levels of alcohol consumption.

This trend is anticipated to keep on through the year 2031 when Europe no longer has the maximum rates in alcohol consumption.

Alcohol has in the past and continues to hold a vital role in social bonding and engagement for many. Moderate alcohol drink or social drinking for a lot is pleasurable.

On the other hand, alcohol use, most particularly in excess - is associated with many negative results - as a risk factor for health impacts as well as diseases like blood pressure irregularities, road mishaps, and crime - and for that, alcohol dependence.

Alcohol consumption worldwide causes almost 2.8 million early deaths a year.

Highest Alcoholism Rate By Country

Below is the list of countries with the highest alcoholism rate, starting from the highest to the lowest.

Country

Male

Female

1. Russia

16.29%

2.58%

2. Hungary

15.29%

2.27%

3. Lithuania

13.35%

1.98%

4. South Korea

13.10%

0.41%

5. Latvia

11.54%

1.67%

6. Belarus

11.43%

1.69%

7. Estonia

11.09%

1.62%

8. Niue

10.58%

0.34%

9. Colombia

10.33%

2.55%

10. Thailand

10.18%

0.99%

11. Kazakhstan

9.52%

1.48%

12. Slovakia

9.47%

0.93%

13. Norway

9.05%

2.55%

14. Bahamas

8.72%

1.68%

15. Ukraine

8.63%

0.79%

16. Laos

8.38%

0.28%

17. Uruguay

7.97%

1.50%

18. Philippines

7.95%

0.95%

19. Saint Lucia

7.71%

1.49%

20. Peru

7.65%

1.33%

21. Dominica

7.55%

1.46%

22. Georgia

7.44%

0.25%

23. Venezuela

7.43%

1.44%

24. Brazil

7.29%

1.41%

25. Belize

6.91%

1.34%

26. China

6.90%

0.22%

27. Chile

6.67%

1.39%

28. Argentina

6.64%

1.78%

29. Costa Rica

6.62%

1.28%

30. Barbados

6.57%

1.24%

31. Saint Vincent And The Grenadines

6.48%

1.24%

32. Dominican Republic

6.43%

1.24%

33. United Kingdom

6.42%

1.52%

34. Finland

6.39%

1.17%

35. Sweden

6.32%

2.27%

36. Haiti

6.28%

1.11%

37. Australia

6.17%

2.61%

38. Ecuador

6.10%

1.07%

39. Grenada

6.03%

1.18%

40. Mongolia

5.95%

0.20%

41. Panama

5.95%

1.15%

42. Antigua And Barbuda

5.81%

1.12%

43. Suriname

5.64%

1.09%

44. Bolivia

5.62%

0.98%

45. Guyana

5.60%

1.06%

46. United States

5.48%

1.92%

47. Romania

5.45%

1.29%

48. Canada

5.43%

1.92%

49. Netherlands

5.29%

0.81%

50. Bosnia And Herzegovina

5.19%

1.23%

51. El Salvador

5.16%

1.01%

52. Paraguay

5.01%

0.97%

53. Croatia

4.88%

1.11%

54. Ireland

4.84%

1.19%

55. North Korea

4.78%

0.15%

56. Cuba

4.71%

0.90%

57. France

4.54%

1.07%

58. Honduras

4.51%

0.88%

59. Germany

4.51%

0.88%

60. Poland

4.50%

1.05%

61. Trinidad And Tobago

4.46%

0.87%6

62. Luxembourg

4.45%

1.06%

63. Czech Republic

4.44%

0.58%

64. Sri Lanka

4.34%

0.44%

65. Fiji

4.26%

0.14%56

66. Andorra

4.25%

1.00%

67. Kiribati

4.14%

0.14%

68. Vietnam

4.13%

0.14%

69. Mexico

4.13%

0.21%

70. Denmark

4.12%

0.98%

71. Monaco

4.11%

0.96%

72. Portugal

4.07%

0.95%

73. Austria

3.88%

0.90%

74. Bulgaria

3.87%

0.91%

75. Guatemala

3.82%

0.68%

76. Nepal

3.80%

0.48%

77. Papua New Guinea

3.76%

0.13%

78. Nicaragua

3.75%

0.66%

79. Maldives

3.74%

0.47%

80. Malaysia

3.74%

0.42%

81. Switzerland

3.71%

0.87%

82. Nauru

3.65%

0.12%

83. South Africa

3.64%

0.88%

84. Greece

3.56%

0.84%

85. New Zealand

3.50%

2.20%

86. India

3.47%

0.42%

87. Slovenia

3.45%

0.79%

88. Azerbaijan

3.45%

0.38%

89. Cambodia

3.35%

0.11%

90. Uganda

3.35%

0.36%

91. Cook Islands

3.23%

0.11%

92. San Marino

3.22%

0.74%

93. Iceland

2.97%

0.73%

94. Cyprus

2.90%

0.00%

95. Jamaica

2.90%

0.41%

96. Burundi

2.76%

0.29%

97. Albania

2.72%

0.67%

98. Kyrgyzstan

2.71%

0.30%

99. Tuvalu

2.69%

0.09%

100. Zimbabwe

2.62%

0.28%

101. Gabon

2.57%

0.29%

102. Tajikistan

2.57%

0.29%

103. Malta

2.55%

0.60%

104. Rwanda

2.36%

0.25%

105. Swaziland

2.27%

0.25%

106. Japan

2.25%

0.13%

107. Bahrain

2.18%

0.00%

108. Sao Tome And Principe

2.13%

0.24%

109. Sierra Leone

2.10%

0.24%

110. Uzbekistan

2.10%

0.23%

111. Seychelles

2.03%

0.22%

112. Belgium

2.03%

0.84%

113. Nigeria

1.95%

0.03%

114. Indonesia

1.95%

0.34%

115. Timor Leste

1.94%

0.25%

116. Armenia

1.94%

0.22%

117. Vanuatu

1.93%

0.06%

118. Burkina Faso

1.90%

0.21%

119. Tonga

1.89%

0.06%

120. Botswana

1.87%

0.19%

121. Solomon Islands

1.82%

0.06%

122. Namibia

1.80%

0.19%

123. Tanzania

1.79%

0.19%

124. Turkey

1.77%

0.65%

125. Chad

1.68%

0.19%

126. Qatar

1.64%

0.00%

127. Cameroon

1.64%

0.18%

128. Myanmar

1.62%

0.05%

129. Bhutan

1.53%

0.20%

130. Turkmenistan

1.51%

0.17%

131. Zambia

1.47%

0.16%

132. Kenya

1.47%

0.16%

133. Liberia

1.43%

0.16%

134. Ghana

1.43%

0.16%

135. Angola

1.42%

0.16%

136. Singapore

1.40%

0.19%

137. Lesotho

1.35%

0.15%

138. Israel

1.35%

0.33%

139. Republic Of The Congo

1.29%

0.14%

140. Mauritius

1.17%

0.13%

141. Guinea Bissau

1.10%

0.12%

142. Spain

1.07%

0.17%

143. Gambia

1.03%

0.12%

144. Central African Republic

0.99%

0.10%

145. Dr Congo

0.99%

0.10%

146. Pakistan

0.91%

0.12%

147. Equatorial Guinea

0.85%

0.10%

148. Morocco

0.79%

0.00%

149. Djibouti

0.75%

0.08%

150. Tunisia

0.73%

0.00%

151. Madagascar

0.73%

0.08%

152. Mozambique

0.72%

0.08%

153. Lebanon

0.69%

0.00%

154. Benin

0.66%

0.07%

155. Malawi

0.66%

0.07%

156. Bangladesh

0.61%

0.08%

157. Togo

0.60%

0.07%

158. United Arab Emirates

0.59%

0.00%

159. Syria

0.59%

0.00%

160. Eritrea

0.56%

0.06%

161. Sudan

0.54%

0.06%

162. Senegal

0.52%

0.06%

163. Italy

0.50%

0.41%

164. Iran

0.50%

0.00%

165. Egypt

0.44%

0.00%

166. Saudi Arabia

0.38%

0.00%

167. Oman

0.37%

0.00%

168. Somalia

0.28%

0.03%

169. Mali

0.28%

0.03%

170. Algeria

0.26%

0.03%

171. Yemen

0.24%

0.00%

172. Iraq

0.19%

0.00%

173. Afghanistan

0.18%

0.12%

174. Guinea

0.16%

0.02%

175. Comoros

0.13%

0.01%

176. Niger

0.09%

0.01%

177. Kuwait

0.07%

0.00%

178. Libya

0.05%

0.00%

179. Mauritania

0.02%

0.00%

180. Palau

0.00%

0.00%

181. Marshall Islands

0.00%

0.00%

182. Samoa

0.00%

0.00%

As you see, Russia, Hungary, and Lithuania are the three countries in Europe with the highest alcoholism rate both for men and women category.

Many decades ago, some regions have a higher percentage of alcohol use. For example, in France, in the year 1920, the average percentage was 22.1 litres of alcohol for every individual a year.

This is equivalent to 184 one litre wine bottles for every individual a year.

Keep in mind that in contrast to today’s data which are shown in alcohol use for every individual older than fifteen years, this takes account of kids as well. The normal consumption for every adult was even higher.

Conclusion

The connection between the consumption of alcohol and life expectancy does not seem to be a good one. Taking wine in moderation might be advantageous for your heart health.

On the other hand, stopping at only one glass is not always as fast as it seems. Keeping sober is indeed a hard feat, and living in a place where alcohol plays a vital part of civilization can make abstinence even more challenging.

Figuring out the issue is indeed the first and most essential step. However, finding the best cure or treatment facility as well as a treatment method to fit needs is very challenging.

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About the author

Peter Szczepanski

Pete has been on the GPhC register for 29 years. He holds a Clinical Diploma in Advanced Clinical Practice and he is a Clinical Lead in Alcohol and Substance Misuse for Abbeycare Gloucester and works as the Clinical Lead in Alcohol and Substance Use in Worcestershire. To read more about Pete visit his LinkedIn profile.