Europeans are lushes

Just kidding. However, 14 of the 15 heaviest drinking countries are in Europe. (Australia is the lone non-European country on the list.)

This begs questions about whether these higher consumption rates result in greater alcohol related harm. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t answer that question.

Also, the article suggests that cultural tolerance and acceptance are the reason for these consumption patterns. If that’s the case, does that pattern hold for drugs?