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Where Ireland ranks in comparison to other countries in the world for alcohol consumption

Where does Ireland rank in comparison to other countries in the world for alcohol consumption? With pubs set to be jam packed for Paddy’s Day, we decided to take a look at where Ireland rank for their consumption of alcohol.

We Irish are well know for our love of booze, but the results might surprise you as Ireland doesn’t even make it into the top ten in the world.

The data which comes from the World Health Organisation ranks Ireland at number 21 in the world.

They compared countries based on pure alcohol consumption on average per year for citizens aged 15 years of age and older.

In Ireland the average citizen consumes 11.9 litres of pure alcohol. That equates to about 1,190 shots of vodka.

So who was ranked at number one? Belarus were ranked the highest consumers of alcohol with the average citizen consuming 17.5 litres of pure alcohol a year.

Coming in close in second place was Moldova, where the average citizen consumes 16.8 litres of pure alcohol per year. The top ten was dominated by mainly eastern European countries, with Lithuania taking third place.

Here is the list of the top ten.

  1. Belarus
  2. Moldova
  3. Lithuania
  4. Russia
  5. Romania
  6. Ukraine
  7. Andorra
  8. Hungary
  9. Czech Republic
  10. Slovakia

Ireland ranking at number 21 is quit surprising. France, Portugal, and Australia, all ranked higher than Ireland. However, the U.K had a lower consumption ranking number 25 overall, with an average of 11.6 litres per average person.

You can see the full results here.

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