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World Alcohol Map: Who Tops the World in Beer, Wine and Spirits Consumption?


Finland, Spain and Lithuania all beat the U.S. in one surprising category.

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Ever wondered what Argentinians prefer to drink before watching a soccer match? What about Australians before they throw a shrimp on the barbie?

Well wonder no longer.

The world's drinking habits were neatly converted from stats into this info graphic courtesy why Ghost in the Data.

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The group used the World Health Organization's alcohol consumption data (who knew that's what the WHO was tracking all along?), to illustrate which of the three top drinks -- wine, beer and spirits -- are preferred in each country.

The user can hover over a country and the map shows which of the three drinks are favored in each country, with each one represented by red, yellow and blue respectively. Then, the intensity of each color shows how much of that drink is consumed: so the dark red of France shows that more wine is drunk than in Argentina, though the drink is still the preferred tipple in each country, according to Gizmodo.

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 If you take a gander at the fully interactive site, clicks on each country will show the actual average weekly consumption. Shocking results? Not really: France loves wine, Russia beats almost everyone else in the amount of spirits consumed, and theU.S. enjoys a few beer (but would fall way behind Poland and Lithuania in a chugging contest).

So in case you were thinking of challenging your French work buddy to a drink off, you might want to consider the tolerance levels that much wine consumption brings about.

Check out the full map here!

(H/T: Gizmodo)


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