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Countries That Consume the Most Alcohol

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More than 250 billion liters of alcoholic drinks were consumed around the world in 2012, higher than the previous year, according to market research firm Euromonitor. This shows that a global economic slowdown hasn't had much impact on this resilient market as people continue to turn to alcohol in good times and bad.

We have compiled a list of the top 10 countries in the world with the highest average per capita alcohol consumption last year, based on data from Euromonitor. The data takes into account all alcoholic drinks consumed by legal age drinkers including pre-mixes, wine, beer and spirits.

The list includes some mature markets, countries known for their drinking culture, but also some surprising new entrants. It tells you who are the beer guzzlers and where wine is the preferred poison.

Click ahead for more fascinating details.

By Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani
(Updated May 8, 2013)

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