Looking For a Good Pour: Hard Liquor Capitals Around The World

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When it comes to alcohol consumption, people can get their fix in many ways. Between wine, beer and hard liquor, the various brands and types can seem endless. Given the long-standing history of alcohol, it’s no wonder people have been able to create so many varieties.

Most countries around the world consume alcohol, and many prefer one type over the other. Often times, this correlates to the type of alcohol that country produces. For example, France and Italy are two of the most wine-loving countries — their citizens drink the majority of their alcohol in the form of wine. However, some countries prefer beer, and many others prefer a shot of hard liquor.

Also known as a distilled spirit, hard liquor has no added sugar and over 20 percent alcohol by volume. In the U.S., it also tends to be the drink of choice for underage binge-drinkers.

Using data from the World Health Organization, HealthGrove found the countries that drink the majority of their alcohol in the form of hard liquor and examined their respective binge-drinking rates. The percentage of binge-drinkers accounts for adults who have consumed six or more alcoholic beverages on at least one occasion in the past 30 days. If no data exists for these categories, it is not included.

#25. Laos

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 64.4%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 0%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 35.6%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 23.5%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 5.2%

#24. Republic of Moldova

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 64.5%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 5.1%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 30.4%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 49.1%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 16.5%

#23. Kazakhstan

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 65.1%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 3.1%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 31.8%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 14.7%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 1.3%

#22. Grenada

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 66.2%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 4.3%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 29.3%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 7.6%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 4.9%

#21. Bosnia And Herzegovina

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 67.7%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 3.2%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 29.1%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 12.4%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 0.7%

#20. China

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 69.2%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 3%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 27.8%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 13.9%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 0.7%

#19. Mongolia

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 69.6%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 2.8%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 27.6%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 40.2%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 13.6%

#18. Djibouti

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 71.5%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 5.3%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 23.2%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 0.2%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 53.5%

#17. Thailand

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 72.6%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 0.4%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 27%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 2.3%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 0.1%

#16. Philippines

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 72.7%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 0.3%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 26.9%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 3.1%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 0.2%

#15. Kyrgyzstan

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 72.9%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 4.2%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 22.6%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 14.5%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 1.1%

#14. Tuvalu

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 74.5%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 15.5%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 10%

#13. Jordan

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 75.4%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 2.1%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 22.4%

#12. Uzbekistan

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 75.4%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 6.3%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 18.3%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 20.4%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 0.4%

#11. Guyana

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 76.6%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 0.3%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 23%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 9.9%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 26.7%

#10. Cook Islands

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 77.4%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 22.6%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 0%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 0.1%

#9. Dominica

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 77.9%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 7.1%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 13.7%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 41.3%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 19.9%

#8. Qatar

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 84.6%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 13.9%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 1.2%

#7. Armenia

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 84.9%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 5.3%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 9.7%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 38.3%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 2.2%

#6. Sri Lanka

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 85.2%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 0.1%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 13%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 0.8%

#5. United Arab Emirates

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 86.7%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 2.9%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 10.3%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 0.2%

The Emirate of Sharjah prohibits alcohol. However, given its relatively small population size within the United Arab Emirates, we still include the country as a whole.

#4. Liberia

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 88.1%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 1%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 10.8%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 18.9%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 4.7%

#3. Tajikistan

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 88.7%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 1.1%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 10.2%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 1.9%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 0.1%

#2. India

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 93.1%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 0.1%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 6.8%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 3.2%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 8.2%

A few states in India prohibit alcohol. However, given the large population size of the country as a whole, we still include it on this list.

#1. Haiti

Percent of Alcohol Consumption From Hard Alcohol: 99.6%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Wine: 0.2%
Percent of Alcohol Consumption from Beer: 0.2%

Percent of Males Who Binge-Drink: 9.4%
Percent of Females Who Binge-Drink: 3.2%

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