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Estonia Ranked Sixth in World for Drinking

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Drinkers throughout Estonia may be raising their glasses in a self-pitying toast this weekend - a freshly-published report by the World Health Organization has ranked the nation sixth in the world for alcohol consumption.

According to the report, which was based on 2005 data, Estonians drink 15.57 liters of pure alcohol per capita each year, compared to the world average of 6.1 liters.

Moldova topped the list at a dizzying 18.22 liters per capita, followed by the Czech Republic at 16.45 liters and Hungary at 16.25 liters.

Though popularly associated with vodka-related hijinks, Estonia's eastern neighbor Russia came in fourth, with residents consuming 15.76 liters per capita. Ukraine was just behind at 15.6 liters.

WHO research from 2005 found that Estonians drink 57 percent of their alcohol in the form of spirits, 34 percent as beer and 7 percent as wine.

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