World Health Organization ranks the world’s heaviest drinking countries, your country probably didn’t make the cut
Recently the World Health Organization (WHO?) released a list of the hardest drinking countries on the planet, and congratulations eastern Europe, your gray, post Iron Curtain despair makes the rest of the planet look like lightweights.
The top ten, based on the consumption of pure alcohol per year per person is below. The US clocked in at 9.2 liters, the UK at 11.6, global average is 6.2.
-Belarus – 17.5 liters
-Republic of Moldova – 16.8 liters
-Lithuania – 15.4 liters
-Russian Federation – 15.1 liters
-Romania – 14.4 liters
-Ukraine – 13.9 liters
-Andorra – 13.8 liters
-Hungary – 13.3 liters
-Czech Republic and Slovakia – 13 liters
-Portugal – 12.9 liters
A whiskey shortage? Don’t be silly… whiskey is forever. Ah, but no. See, America has actually gotten pretty damn good at making the stuff, which is good for everyone. But this means that America is now exporting its fine brown liquor overseas, from both distilleries large and small. And it’s not really a supply problem, though that’s part of it— it’s more about the fact that whiskey takes a damn long time to distill, and supply is outstripping the actual available amount of finished whiskey. So that’s not good.
So this group of college age friends in Poland decide they want to have an American-themed house party… there were flags and red plastic cups and fruit soda mixed with vodka and football jerseys and beer bongs and duckface pictures… yup. America, this is us.
It’s only Wednesday morning, but let’s talk about your favorite kinds of liquor.