NEW YORK ( MainStreet) — The United States ranks 57th in the world in pure alcohol consumption in liters per capita among those aged 15 or older, according to the World Health Organization. But while we're slacking down here in the 50s, other nations are topping the charts.

The WHO compiled an extensive list of the drinking habits of more than 150 nations and categorized them in six ways:

  • Recorded Consumption (consumption of alcohol purchased through regular channels)
  • Unrecorded Consumption (consumption of alcohol produced, distributed and sold outside regular channels, such as homemade or smuggled alcohol)
  • Beer Consumption
  • Wine Consumption
  • Spirits Consumption (distilled alcoholic beverages)
  • Other Consumption

Want to find out which of our neighbors is putting us to shame in the drinking department? Then check out our slideshow of the 15 drunkest nations in the world.

Also see: 10 Drunkest States in the U.S.

15. Ireland

The Irish barely make it onto the list at No. 15. The nation that has become synonymous with Guinness stout unsurprisingly drinks more beer than any other alcoholic beverage. And the population keeps it traditional, too, with recorded consumption far above unrecorded.

(Note: All values are in liters.)

  • Total: 14.41
  • Recorded: 13.39
  • Unrecorded: 1.00
  • Beer: 7.04
  • Wine: 2.75
  • Spirits: 2.51
  • Other: 1.09

Also see: 10 Drunkest States in the U.S.

14. Portugal

When you have a soccer team as good as Portugal's, why not celebrate with a few drinks? Or in this case, a whole lot of drinks. Wine is the drink of choice for the Portuguese, as it nearly doubles the amount of beer consumed per person. If Portugal captures the World Cup this year, then we have a hunch these numbers might rise a bit.

  • Total: 14.55
  • Recorded: 12.45
  • Unrecorded: 2.10
  • Beer: 3.75
  • Wine: 6.65
  • Spirits: 1.27
  • Other: 0.51

13. South Korea
The creators of taekwondo sure know how to put away their liquor, as spirits are far and away the main alcoholic choice of this Asian nation. The folks here are also not too fond of wine, as South Koreans drink a mere 0.06 liters per person per year.

  • Total: 14.80
  • Recorded: 11.80
  • Unrecorded: 3.00
  • Beer: 2.14
  • Wine: 0.06
  • Spirits: 9.57
  • Other: 0.04

12. Lithuania
Lithuania lands in the 12th spot on the list with slightly more than 15 liters per person per year. Beer is quite popular in the nation, particularly after its independence in 1990, and local breweries are common throughout the country. Lithuanian beers, most notably ��vyturys, have won international awards.

  • Total: 15.03
  • Recorded: 12.03
  • Unrecorded: 3.00
  • Beer: 5.60
  • Wine: 1.80
  • Spirits: 4.50
  • Other: 0.60

Also see: 10 Drunkest States in the U.S.

11. Croatia
Croatia ranks 11th on the list thanks in large part to its wine production and consumption. The nation has been producing wine for more than 2,500 years and currently has more than 300 distinct wine-producing regions. Much of the wine Croatia produces is white, though it does create reds and, less commonly, rosé wines.