You’ll note that Europe is the booziest, probably owing to a more relaxed culture in the continent's western countries -- consider Spanish siestas and French people’s undying love of wine, for example -- and that in the theocracies of the Middle East, booze isn’t even really available to your average consumer. The United States comes in a humble 41st place of 186 countries, even though we have all sorts of hifalutin contraptions and self-driving trucks making it easier to drink beer.
What’s kind of jarring is smaller countries that maintain a formidable rate of drinking. Ireland, for example, drinks more than Russia, with a rates of 11.72 outweighing the massive country’s 11.04 liters consumed on a yearly basis. England is up there, too. As a nation full of publicans, the Union Jack flies high, ranking a solid no. 17 on the list.
The data was calculated using “using each country’s production, import, export and sales of alcohol and its mid-year population (age 15 and older) in 2011,” which is probably a better metric than measuring burp frequency or money spent on cocktails.