The 10 Countries with the Biggest Drinking Problems Slideshow
October 27, 2015
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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.
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.
In Belarus, 11.43 percent of adult males reported having an alcohol use disorder, as well as 1.69 percent of 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.
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.
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.