The 10 Countries with the Biggest Drinking Problems Slideshow

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Here are the 10 countries with the highest percentages of alcohol use disorderse, according to the World Health Organization.

The 10 Countries with the Biggest Drinking Problems

Here’s a roundup of the 10 countries with the highest prevalence of alcohol use disorders in adult males and females ages 15 and up, according to the WHO. The percentage rate for males with alcohol use disorders is generally much higher than that for women – according to the CDC, men are more likely than women to drink excessively and pursue other risky behaviors when combined with excessive drinking.

#10 Colombia

In Colombia, 10.33 percent of adult males and 2.55 percent of adult females reported having an alcohol use disorder.  (The country also has the third-highest rate of females reporting having an alcohol use disorder — behind the Russian Federation and Australia.)

#9 Niue

#9 Niue

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Niue is an island nation in the South Pacific. According to the WHO, 10.58 percent of adult males reported having an alcohol use disorder, as well as 0.34 percent of adult females.

#8 Estonia

This Northern European country has an 11.09 alcohol use disorder percentage rate in adult males and a 1.62 percentage rate in adult females.

#7 Belarus

In Belarus, 11.43 percent of adult males reported having an alcohol use disorder, as well as 1.69 percent of adult females.

#6 Latvia

#6 Latvia

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Latvia, situated between Estonia and Belarus, reports an 11.54 percentage rate of alcohol use disorders in adult males and a 1.67 rate in adult females.

#5 Republic of Korea

The Republic of Korea, also known as South Korea, reports that 13.1 of adult males claimed an alcohol use disorder, as well as 0.41 percent of adult females.

#4 Lithuania

Lithuania neighbors Latvia and Belarus; it reports a 13.35 percentage rate of alcohol use disorders in adult males and a 1.98 percentage rate in adult females. One expert speculates that certain historical and societal factors affect the countries with the highest rates of alcohol consumption and that some don’t have many public awareness efforts about its effects.

#3 Republic of Moldova

#3 Republic of Moldova

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In the Republic of Moldova, an Eastern European country between Romania and Ukraine, 14.08 percent of adult males reported having an alcohol use disorder, as well as 2.15 percent of females.

#2 Hungary

In Hungary, 15.29 percent of adult males reportedly have an alcohol use disorder, and so do 2.27 percent of adult females.

#1 Russian Federation

The number-one country as far as alcohol use disorders go is the Russian Federation, where 16.29 of men report having an alcohol use disorder, as well as 2.58 percent of females. This country is also interestingly the one with the second-highest percentage of females with an alcohol use disorder, ranking only behind Australia.