Baltics top the table of OECD’s biggest boozers

Baltics top the table of OECD’s biggest boozers
By Henry Kirby November 12, 2015

Lithuania is the heaviest drinking country in the region of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), according to a recent report from the economic collective of countries.

The Baltic nation of three million - which is not currently a full member of the OECD - consumed 14.3 litres of pure alcohol per person in 2013, or roughly 51 bottles of vodka or 500 pints of beer.

Lithuania was joined in the top three by Baltic neighbour Estonia, where 11.8 litres of alcohol were consumed. The Czech Republic came fourth at 11.5 litres; Russia sat in fifth place at 11.2 litres.


Indonesia was the lowest-drinking OECD nation, with only 0.1 litres consumed per person. Turkey was the Central and Eastern European and Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) nation with the lowest consumption, at 1.4 litres per person – less than 50 pints of beer a year.

Nearly all countries in the OECD saw their annual alcohol consumption decrease to some degree since 2001. Irish per capita consumption fell a full 3.6 litres to 10.6, the French drank 2.7 litres less to leave consumption at 11.1 litres, and it fell 2 litres to 10.9 litres in Germany.

However, the trend ran the other way in Russia and the Baltics. Those countries saw annual consumption increase dramatically. Lithuanian's drank a full 44% more, Latvians consumption rose 43%, and Russian's sank 10% more booze.