Alcoholism By Country 2020

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is a chronic disease characterized by uncontrolled drinking due to both a physical and emotional dependence and by a preoccupation with alcohol. Those with alcohol use disorder may have problems controlling their drinking, drink alcohol even when it’s problematic, or experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop consuming alcohol. Treatment for alcoholism includes counseling and medications, and even sometimes medical detoxification to help the individual stop drinking safely.

Alcoholism is a common disorder with more than 3 million cases per year. Americans consume an average of 8.7 liters of pure alcohol per capita annually, the equivalent to 29.0 handles of vodka per person per year.

The most recent data regarding alcoholism rates in each country is from 2004, which recorded the percentage of males and females 15 years and above with alcohol use disorders. According to the World Health Organization, the ten countries with the highest rates of alcohol use disorders in males are:

  1. Russia 16.29%
  2. Hungary 15.29%
  3. Republic of Moldova 14.08%
  4. Lithuania 13.35%
  5. Republic of Korea 13.1%
  6. Latvia 11.54%
  7. Belarus 11.43%
  8. Estonia 11.09%
  9. Niue 10.58%
  10. Colombia 10.33%

The ten countries with the highest rates of alcohol use disorders in females are:

  1. Australia 2.61%
  2. Russia 2.58%
  3. Norway 2.55%
  4. Colombia 2.55%
  5. Hungary 2.27%
  6. Sweden 2.27%
  7. New Zealand 2.20%
  8. Republic of Moldova 2.15%
  9. Lithuania 1.98%
  10. The United States 1.92%

Russia has the highest prevalence of alcohol use disorders overall with 16.29% of males and 2.58% of females having an alcohol use disorder. In the United States, 5.48% of males and 1.92% of women have an alcohol use disorder.

As far as alcohol consumption, the countries with the heaviest drinkers are:

  1. Belarus
  2. Lithuania
  3. Grenada
  4. Czech Republic
  5. France
  6. Russia
  7. Ireland
  8. Luxembourg
  9. Slovakia
  10. Germany

On average, Belarus citizens consumed 14.4 liters of pure alcohol per year, the equivalent of 49 handles of vodka per person. The United States shies in comparison with 8.7 liters of pure alcohol consumed per year, equivalent to 29 handles of vodka.

Globally, the total volume of alcohol consumed is up 70% from 1999 to 2017. Alcohol consumption increased the most in middle- and low-income regions, such as China, India, and Vietnam; however, it decreased across Europe, which once had the highest levels of consumption. The trend is expected to continue through 2030 when Europe will no longer have the highest rates of alcohol consumption.

Alcoholism By Country 2020

Country Male Female
Russia16.292.58
Hungary15.292.27
Lithuania13.351.98
South Korea13.10.41
Latvia11.541.67
Belarus11.431.69
Estonia11.091.62
Niue10.580.34
Colombia10.332.55
Thailand10.180.99
Kazakhstan9.521.48
Slovakia9.470.93
Norway9.052.55
Bahamas8.721.68
Ukraine8.630.79
Laos8.380.28
Uruguay7.971.5
Philippines7.950.95
Saint Lucia7.711.49
Peru7.651.33
Dominica7.551.46
Georgia7.440.25
Venezuela7.431.44
Brazil7.291.41
Belize6.911.34
China6.90.22
Chile6.671.39
Argentina6.641.78
Costa Rica6.621.28
Barbados6.571.24
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines6.481.24
Dominican Republic6.431.24
United Kingdom6.421.52
Finland6.391.17
Sweden6.322.27
Haiti6.281.11
Australia6.172.61
Ecuador6.11.07
Grenada6.031.18
Mongolia5.950.2
Panama5.951.15
Antigua And Barbuda5.811.12
Suriname5.641.09
Bolivia5.620.98
Guyana5.61.06
United States5.481.92
Romania5.451.29
Canada5.431.92
Netherlands5.290.81
Bosnia And Herzegovina5.191.23
El Salvador5.161.01
Paraguay5.010.97
Croatia4.881.11
Ireland4.841.19
North Korea4.780.15
Cuba4.710.9
France4.541.07
Honduras4.510.88
Germany4.510.88
Poland4.51.05
Trinidad And Tobago4.460.87
Luxembourg4.451.06
Czech Republic4.440.58
Sri Lanka4.340.44
Fiji4.260.14
Andorra4.251
Kiribati4.140.14
Vietnam4.130.14
Mexico4.130.21
Denmark4.120.98
Monaco4.110.96
Portugal4.070.95
Austria3.880.9
Bulgaria3.870.91
Guatemala3.820.68
Nepal3.80.48
Papua New Guinea3.760.13
Nicaragua3.750.66
Maldives3.740.47
Malaysia3.740.42
Switzerland3.710.87
Nauru3.650.12
South Africa3.640.88
Greece3.560.84
New Zealand3.52.2
India3.470.42
Slovenia3.450.79
Azerbaijan3.450.38
Cambodia3.350.11
Uganda3.350.36
Cook Islands3.230.11
San Marino3.220.74
Iceland2.970.73
Cyprus2.90
Jamaica2.90.41
Burundi2.760.29
Albania2.720.67
Kyrgyzstan2.710.3
Tuvalu2.690.09
Zimbabwe2.620.28
Gabon2.570.29
Tajikistan2.570.29
Malta2.550.6
Rwanda2.360.25
Swaziland2.270.25
Japan2.250.13
Bahrain2.180
Sao Tome And Principe2.130.24
Sierra Leone2.10.24
Uzbekistan2.10.23
Seychelles2.030.22
Belgium2.030.84
Nigeria1.950.03
Indonesia1.950.34
Timor Leste1.940.25
Armenia1.940.22
Vanuatu1.930.06
Burkina Faso1.90.21
Tonga1.890.06
Botswana1.870.19
Solomon Islands1.820.06
Namibia1.80.19
Tanzania1.790.19
Turkey1.770.65
Chad1.680.19
Qatar1.640
Cameroon1.640.18
Myanmar1.620.05
Bhutan1.530.2
Turkmenistan1.510.17
Zambia1.470.16
Kenya1.470.16
Liberia1.430.16
Ghana1.430.16
Angola1.420.16
Singapore1.40.19
Lesotho1.350.15
Israel1.350.33
Republic Of The Congo1.290.14
Mauritius1.170.13
Guinea Bissau1.10.12
Spain1.070.17
Gambia1.030.12
Central African Republic0.990.1
Dr Congo0.990.1
Pakistan0.910.12
Equatorial Guinea0.850.1
Morocco0.790
Djibouti0.750.08
Tunisia0.730
Madagascar0.730.08
Mozambique0.720.08
Lebanon0.690
Benin0.660.07
Malawi0.660.07
Bangladesh0.610.08
Togo0.60.07
United Arab Emirates0.590
Syria0.590
Eritrea0.560.06
Sudan0.540.06
Senegal0.520.06
Italy0.50.41
Iran0.50
Egypt0.440
Saudi Arabia0.380
Oman0.370
Somalia0.280.03
Mali0.280.03
Algeria0.260.03
Yemen0.240
Iraq0.190
Afghanistan0.180.12
Guinea0.160.02
Comoros0.130.01
Niger0.090.01
Kuwait0.070
Libya0.050
Mauritania0.020
Palau00
Marshall Islands00
Samoa00