The Preferred Booze of Every Country, Mapped

January 13th 2016

Taylor Bell

What if you were no longer identified by the color of your skin, but rather by your alcoholic beverage of choice? What country would you likely live in? Well, BBC created an interactive map that divides countries based on their top choices of booze.

alcohol preference per country infographic



Beer was a favorite for countries across the globe, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, and Finland. Beer is the top adult beverage of choice among Americans, but the U.S. did not make the list of the nations that consume the most beer. That honor belonged to these five nations:

  1. Namibia
  2. Gabon
  3. Romania
  4. Lithuania
  5. Czech Republic



Among the countries that consume the most wine, the U.S. didn't make the cut, either. Portugal takes the top spot, followed by France, Andorra, Denmark, and Croatia.



Spirits were the favorite in Russia. However, Russia didn't crack the list of top consumers of spirits. If you're the type of person who likes to party with people who drink only martinis, your new home should be Moldova. It's a European country sandwiched between Romania and the Ukraine and is one of the heaviest drinking countries in the world: Moldovans drink nearly three times the global average at 6.1 liters per person, according to a 2011 study cited by The Independent.

Other drinks.

What the BBC defines as "other drinks" is any fermented drink made with any fruit other than grapes such as Japanese Sake or Plum wine. Other drinks are popular in sub-Saharan African countries, owing to the popularity of a beer-like beverage called sorghum. It is made from a grain that "thrives in hot climates and can withstand droughts," according to the BBC. The top nations in this category:

  1. Nigeria
  2. Uganda
  3. Rwanda
  4. South Korea
  5. Sierra Leone