Vodka Leads Russia To Early Grave, Study Finds: The 10 Drunkest Countries In The World
A new study published in journal The Lancet has found that vodka could be behind Russia's "extraordinarily high" risk for early death. The drinking habits of more than 150,000 Russians with no past diseases were tracked over a ten-year period, and 8,000 died during that time. The research concluded that Russian men who drank three or more bottles of vodka per week were twice as likely to die prematurely than their counterparts, who drank less than a bottle of vodka per week.
A staggering 25 percent of Russian men die before the age of 55, compared to 7 percent of British men. Russia has one of the lowest rates of life expectancy in Europe, with the average age of death hovering just below 70.
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently estimated that 38 million Americans are binge drinkers, with Fargo, N.D. deemed the drunkest city in the nation. In Europe, the Republic of Moldova officially takes the "Party Hard" award, consuming more alcohol than any other nation on the continent by a considerable margin.
So in honor of the world's complicated relationship with alcohol, here are the ten drunkest countries across the globe, according to data from the World Health Organization. Life expectancy figures are courtesy of the CIA.
Go home, Eastern Europe, you're drunk.
Alcohol consumed: 4 gallons per person
Life expectancy: 71.81 years
Alcohol consumed: 4.01 gallons per person
Life expectancy: 77.66 years
Alcohol consumed: 4.04 gallons per person
Life expectancy: 74.45 years
Alcohol consumed: 4.09 gallons per person
Life expectancy: 82.58 years
Alcohol consumed: 4.11 gallons per person
Life expectancy: 73.82 years
Alcohol consumed: 4.12 gallons per person
Life expectancy: 68.93 years
Alcohol consumed: 4.16 gallons person
Life expectancy: 69.85 years
Alcohol consumed: 4.30 gallons per person
Life expectancy: 75.24 years
Alcohol consumed: 4.35 gallons per person
Life expectancy: 77.56 years
Alcohol consumed: 4.81 gallons per person
Life expectancy: 69.82 years