Czechs are the second biggest drunks in the world / Cesi jsou druhymi nevetsimi opilci na svete - CzechmatediaryCzechs are the second biggest drunks in the world / Cesi jsou druhymi nevetsimi opilci na svete - Czechmatediary
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Czechs are the second biggest drunks in the world / Cesi jsou druhymi nevetsimi opilci na svete

BREZNICE, CZECH REPUBLIC - JULY 19: Teammates watch a colleague down a glass of Herold lager July 19, 2003 during a beer drinking competition at the Herold Brewery in Breznice, Czech Republic. Pub life and beer are an intrinsic element of Czech culture, and contribute to the Czech Republic's first place world ranking in annual consumption of beer per capita, at 156 liters, well ahead of second-place Ireland (125 liters per head) and third-place Germany (120 liters per head). (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

What a surprise that the Czech Republic was given a second place as the drunkest country in the world! But don’t worry, we still hold the world record when it comes to beer (read the caption below the image). Here is a very nice image that may give you a feel of what a second place in this ‘competition’ might look like. Notice the beer bellies :))

And who beat us?


Slovakia was surprisingly way behind the Czech Republic….weird! Does any Slovak reader here have an explanation??


  • Moldova – 4.81 gal./person

  • Czech Republic – 4.35 gal./person

  • Slovakia – 3.52 gal./person


PS: alcohol in this case includes not only beer but also wine and other spirits

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19 comments… add one
  • Jana V April 9, 2011, 5:56 pm

    Maybe Slovaks traditionally drink more wine then beer although they do have breweries in Slovakia.

  • Tanja April 9, 2011, 8:59 pm

    That’s the thing, the ‘contest’ included beer and wine and liquors. So the wine is accounted for.

  • Jaroslav Svoboda April 10, 2011, 2:52 am

    YES! Slovaks dont drink wine as much as we drink beer. But we should move our asses so we become first 😀

  • Martin April 10, 2011, 5:50 am

    Inu – “Bez piva a tabáku, bejvá smutno v baráku…”

  • Vlastimil April 10, 2011, 6:06 am

    This statistics is a little bit off. You cannot definitely compare 1 gallon Slovak Palenka to 1 gallon Czech beer. I would be drunk after 1 gallon beer, but I would be definitely dead after 1 gallon Palenka. I think this statistics has been ordered by Associated Press or or the other news professionals MSNBC 🙂

  • Tanja April 10, 2011, 8:24 am

    Martine, se mnou nepocitej – ja vypiju 1/4 sklenky vina a mam cervene fleky a chce se mi spat…tady tomu rikaji ‘alcohol allergy’ 🙂

  • Karen April 11, 2011, 3:12 am

    EEeeeeeeewwwwww! What a picture. Ick. But I never see any drunk people in the Czech Republic! Lots of beer drinkers but no drunks. Are you sure they weren’t measuring beer consumption? Cause that I believe. But not drunks.

  • Martin April 11, 2011, 6:26 am

    Tanja – then you are living in the right place. It took me 20 years before my American wife got used to drinking some wine with meals. By that, I mean 1 glass of riesling.
    Though about those statistics – some Czech sources claim that the amount of alcohol consumed in the country is distorted by the heavily drinking tourists who come in to binge for a day or two.

  • Vlastimil April 11, 2011, 8:26 am

    Martin, yes, that’s true. All those drunk foreign tourists are giving a very bad name to our drinking industry…..

  • Tom Blaha April 11, 2011, 11:41 am

    Come on Karen. The Beerbelly is a Beautiful thang!

  • Tanja April 11, 2011, 2:56 pm


    The word “drunks” was even in the title of the article. I think it was just supposed to attract attention and make people laugh. But the gallons/person measurements are correct.
    Here is the link to the article just in case:,0,1047922.photogallery?index=sns-viral-25-drunkest-countries-pg-003

  • Tanja April 11, 2011, 2:59 pm

    Martin – that makes sense! Prague is more touristy than Bratislava so maybe that’s why the numbers seem a bit weird.

  • Katkazameriky April 11, 2011, 7:09 pm

    Is shirtless the required attire of the contest?

  • Vlastimil April 11, 2011, 7:59 pm

    Shirtless is required..:))) I remember when the Russian then president Putin was posing shirtless
    while fishing at the river, the US media wrote “What was he thinking??? ” ….”Russian president topless”…
    I don’t like Putin, but I would love to see him in bra 😀

  • Tanja April 11, 2011, 9:25 pm

    Katko, I don’t think it’s required, but evidently it boosts up their self-esteem – just look at their face expressions!

  • Marika April 12, 2011, 6:22 am

    I think the beer belly is a status for the Czech guy:)
    Tanjo, ja mam taky cerveny fleky, kdyz piju vino. To jsou sulfaty co to zpusobuji. Zkus pit neco jineho:)

  • Tanja April 12, 2011, 3:42 pm

    No, treba teply mlicko 🙂

  • katkazameriky April 13, 2011, 9:55 am

    Yes, I believe it is a status thing. I have a moravian friend with a beer belly and he’s quite proud of it. He says it isn’t fat, it’s his Pilsner muscle. 😀

  • Marika April 16, 2011, 10:48 am

    Yeah but they do it with quality beer ;PPP

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