We all know Austrians can drink, but how do they compare internationally?


Zweigelt, Schilcher, Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling, Sturm, Schnapps, Bier, Sekt, Most, Stroh, Edelbrand. If you’ve been in Austria for a while, some, if not all of these should sound familiar.

With alcohol being such an integral part of Austria’s national heritage it’s comes as no surprise that we recently ranked second in the list of OECD countries with the highest alcohol consumption among adults.

The average Austrian adult drinks 12.2 liters of alcohol per year, Austria was only out-guzzled by Lithuania, ingesting an impressive 14.3 liters. Austria’s average has dropped by 1.5 liters since 2000, when it was in 3rd place behind Ireland and France.



(Source: 2015 OECD Health Statistics report)



Annual consumption of pure alcohol in liters, per person, aged 15 years old and over.

Note: Methodology to convert alcoholic drinks to pure alcohol may differ across countries. Typically beer is weighted as 4-5%, wine as 11-16% and spirits as 40% of pure alcohol equivalent.