The World's Most Vice-Prone Nations

Tyler Durden's picture

In a world of surging youth unemployment, increasingly-wide wealth inequalities, and  generation of older citizens working longer implicitly impacting the youth, we thought it perhaps useful to see which nations in the world are the most prone to 'vice'. Bloomberg ranked countries on their propensity for vice, measured by alcohol and cigarette consumption, drug use and gambling levels and found that the Czech Republic and Slovenia top the charts while Zambia and El Salvador are the most virtuous (least vice-prone). The US sits at a 'healthy' 16th in the world overall (just above the UK) but Italy, Spain, and Greece are all more vice-prone; but have no fear as the USA is Number 1 in the world for the annual prevalence of all drug usage.

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Methodology
The four variables--total adult per capita alcohol consumption, total adult per capita cigarette consumption, annual prevalence of drug use as a percentage of the population ages 15-64, and total gambling losses as a percentage of GDP--were weighted equally.

For alcohol and cigarettes, "adult" includes all residents ages 15 and older.

Drug-use figures cover five equally weighted categories: amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and opioids (including prescription opioids).

The country with the maximum value in each variable received 25 points for that variable; the country with the minimum value received zero points.

All other countries were scored based on their percentile positions within the maximum-minimum band. Points for each variable were summed for a final score, with a range of 0-100. A higher score indicates a higher propensity for vice.

All data are the latest available. Only countries with data for all categories were included.

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prains's picture

South Africa #38 are you shitting me!!

NotApplicable's picture

Reality is for people who can't handle drugs.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Where is Japan?  They use one hell of a lot of amphetamines...

Fredo Corleone's picture

"Cigarette and alcohol consumption ? Gambling losses as a percentage of GDP ? Who the f--k is this balloon head ? Try me, jag off. You just try me !"

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-D7ptYFmDx-M/T16-VodHrSI/AAAAAAAAEGk/VR0xAHorDe...

Tippoo Sultan's picture

Nicky Santoro - love this film.

+1

Muppet Pimp's picture

Big Pharma wins in the US of A! Big pharma provides the lion share of our opioids which pushes us over the top! Big Pharma FTW! We beat out the rest of the world in Opioid dependency! BP BP BP (chanting)! Acceptance speech: Big Pharma, we could not have done this without you. Without all the bribes and lobbying of our government to look the other way, morality or even ethics might have prevented this. But you did what needed to be done big pharma, you stuffed those filthy Benjamins in our legislators pockets, and they could not possibly say no. You sent an army of pharmaceutical sales reps to our doctors to assure them, you had their back and that any politician who made an issue out of over-prescribing would never be re-elected. You made sure that our biggest pharmacies understood their was a team of lobbyists and legislators that would back massive acceptance of what were clearly fake prescriptions. And you did it in the new American way, through crony capitalism. Big Pharma, you are an inspiration to crony capitalists the world over. You did it! And best of all, you chose the hardest to kick drug, you did not go all sleaze and create synthetic marijuana or even fake amphetamines aka bath salts, you studied this shit. The big money was obviously to be made in synthetic heroin. Best of all, there is now an opportunity to create a patented alternative to methadone. One that will be covered by Obamacare, one that will cost an absolute fortune and have extremely limited success. You are even helping our saviour Barack Hussein Obama, by helping to create a dependant class of drug addicts. These will most certainly be Obama supporters, you did all this to help us on our path of destruction. Don't we know, all these addicts are gonna be begging for them some Obamacare to help cure their new found opioid addictions. Big Pharma, you have shown us just what is possible with a bought and paid for government and a nation taught that there is no god, and that we should all act on impulse, for their is no wrong, and there shall never be any consequence, that in all cases it is someone elses fault. The massive opioid addiction is going to do wonders for the 'victim movement'. The huge amount opioid addictions you have enabled is a testament to your hard work. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts and the tip of our syringes. Thank you big pharma! (Standing ovation)

ArgentoFisico's picture

"America take drugs in psychic defense" - Iggy Pop

ArgentoFisico's picture

Pasta & Marihuana! Yeah!

mmmm... Maria (Marihuana) and then pasta & pizza

fnord88's picture

Australia....fuck yeah. Number 3....punching above our weight

Parrotile's picture

Alcohol use - yes, we're a big producer and there's a lot of pressure to be seen to "socialise". Cigarette consumption - seems the message isn't quite getting across - another triumph for "Prohibition" measures!

As for the Opioids - sorry, just don't buy that. There is a VERY BIG Black Market for Oxycodone in Melbourne, and colleagues reliably inform me that there is just as big a market in NSW Metropolitan (and rural) areas. Big market for Benzos too - you'd (not) be surprised to hear that 90%++ of the bloods taken from Traffic Incident cases come back positive for benzos and opioids (and over 70% positive for cannabis too!).

Australians - still hard at work to maintain our well-earned "reputation" as the White Trash of SE Asia!

yabyum's picture

Traveled to the poppy countries lately? But, In my line of work the synthetics are very popular........ps nsa!!! I am a nurse!!

Ctrl_P's picture

+1 from a fellow pan washer.

theXman's picture

On an unrelated subject, Czech chicks are probably the most beautiful in the world.

DeadFred's picture

Especially after drinking enough Czech beer!

On a related subject, don't you love a study that that gives equal weight to smoking a Marlboro and shooting up heroin?

Wakanda's picture

Hemingway said that nicotine was tougher to quit than anything else.

SilverRhino's picture

True, but then there's caffeine as well.   

Umh's picture

It only takes a week to be over caffeine. Just ignore the splitting headache.

Antifaschistische's picture

You really only THINK they're hot because you've completely forgotten what it was like to live in a world where 80% of the women have less than 20% body fat.   Look at a US School Yearbook from the 40's or 50's and you'll see a lot of fine thin women also.   Those days are just gone in America.   

However, I up'ed you...Czech, Ukrainian, etc...ladies, are beautiful.

kareninca's picture

32.2 percent of American men are obese.

35.5 percent of American women are obese.

per Wikipedia

lots of fat American dudes out there; just as many as fat American women

IndyPat's picture

Damn skippy they are beautiful....and it's NOT just because they aren't fat asses like the home team broads, either. Not that all the home team broads are, for that matter. Hard to put it any other way...they are just searing, smoldering white hotness.
I seriously had to look at the Czech stats about three times to see if I was reading it right.
Whodathunk they had that much grass laying around?
And who the fuck is the mad chemist down under cooking up the X like that?

lineskis's picture

"but have no fear as the USA is Number 1 in the world for the annual prevalence of all drug usage."

Solid...

New World Chaos's picture

I am shocked, absolutely shocked, that Kiwis aren't the biggest stoners on the planet.   NZ is only tied for second on this list, and not because of Jamaica- Kiwis actually smoke more per capita than Jamaicans.  NZ third for overall drug use.  America being #1 doesn't surprise me there.

Cheesepopes = Speedpopes, WTF

Muppet Pimp's picture

With a gravy train mantra for huge goverment spending like the War on Drugs, would you expect anything less from DC? The war on drugs has made many millions of crony capitalists filthy rich! That was the best game in town for damn near 30 years! Just wait until you see how much climate change stands to make for the Oligarchs. The picture Obama has in his head for marketing consists of Obama holding back the Oceans with a hundreds of millions of lemmings buying it all. Just wait till you see the photo op Obamao has planned for next week, he is going to be surrounded by children and is going to have a disabled child on his lap that was disabled by his basement flooding due to the rising Seas. Obama is gonna fix that, you get it? This is gonna be the biggest heist ever! Just wait, you ain't seen nothing yet. Obama is gonna declare war on all the productive and load them up in his Obama raft to save them!

Does it not occur to anyone that they spent all that dough on the "War on Drugs" but failed to secure the border?  Why might this be?  Just like they are gonna declare amnesty, and will not secure the border.  Just like the last time they passed a bill, to secure the border, and lo and behold, they did not secure it.  Get it?  We have been had, wake up sheeple!

Colonel Klink's picture

Hahaha, just confirms the hookers and blow theory of the money changers.

Never One Roach's picture

Does the list include online Midget porn with Gubmint credit cards?

kralizec's picture

Number 1 only because of the dIveRsiTy of our drug use...interesting how smack is the only category we won outright, eh?

Muppet Pimp's picture

Big Pharma wins in the US of A!  Big pharma provides the lion share of our opioids which pushes us over the top!  Big Pharma FTW!  We beat out the rest of the world in Opioid dependency! BP BP BP (chanting)! 

Acceptance speech:  Big Pharma, we could not have done this without you.  Without all the bribes and lobbying of our government to look the other way, morality or even ethics might have prevented this.  But you did what needed to be done big pharma, you stuffed those filthy Benjamins in our legislators pockets, and they could not possibly say no.  You sent an army of pharmaceutical sales reps to our doctors to assure them, you had their back and that any politician who made an issue out of over-prescribing would never be re-elected.  You made sure that our biggest pharmacies understood their was a team of lobbyists and legislators that would back massive acceptance of what were clearly fake prescriptions.  And you did it in the new American way, through crony capitalism.  Big Pharma, you are an inspiration to crony capitalists the world over.  You did it! And best of all, you chose the hardest to kick drug, you did not go all sleaze and create synthetic marijuana or even fake amphetamines aka bath salts, you studied this shit.  The big money was obviously to be made in synthetic heroin.  Best of all, there is now an opportunity to create a patented alternative to methadone.  One that will be covered by Obamacare, one that will cost an absolute fortune and have extremely limited success.  You are even helping our saviour Barack Hussein Obama, by helping to create a dependant class of drug addicts.  These will most certainly be Obama supporters, you did all this to help us on our path of destruction.  Don't we know, all these addicts are gonna be begging for them some Obamacare to help cure their new found opioid addictions. Big Pharma, you have shown us just what is possible with a bought and paid for government and a nation taught that there is no god, and that we should all act on impulse, for their is no wrong, and there shall never be any consequence, that in all cases it is someone elses fault.  The massive opioid addiction is going to do wonders for the 'victim movement'.  The huge amount opioid addictions you have enabled is a testament to your hard work.  Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts and the tip of our syringes.  Thank you big pharma!

(Standing ovation)

General Decline's picture

All you need is an MRI showing a bulging disk and you are on your way to a serious opioid dependence. Every 30 days you can get a refill. When your hooked on that garbage, all you care about is when you are going to get your next refill. 2 months clean for me. I have my life back. (Mostly) I never thought I could live with out those damn Norcos but I discovered inversion and I do pop ibuprofen on my worst days. If you know somebody you care about who are hooked on those devil pills, urge them to get off them. It is 5 days of absolute hell but it can be done. Those were 5 days I wish I were dead but on day 6 I felt like a new person. Amen.

SAT 800's picture

How can I "bulge my disk"? Is it too late to ask you about the prescription you don't need anymore? What an ingrate; hillbilly heroin is good. You realize that when you wake up in the morning that's as good as it's going to get? Let us know when you get back on them.

kareninca's picture

whole body vibration plates help a lot, too  -  I've prevented my mom from being eaten by the opioid monster that way.  You can get them for $200 on Amazon now; you don't need a fancy 4k one.

The Gooch's picture

Don't forget the war machine that harvests the poppy.

SAT 800's picture

they're even better if you let them dissolve under your tongue.

IndyPat's picture

And thank you NyQuil Green!
Love ya. I mean it.

Wakanda's picture

asdfopjal iemnva, -eialfvmrmrmr!  lool

The Gooch's picture

MDB resembles that remark.

Blano's picture

Decode this, NSA bitches.

Wakanda's picture

They are gonna need some serious drugs or a super computer.  Even I can't  figure it out.

mofreedom's picture

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=ZqtNxNRCcGg&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DZq...

havin a job, battlin communisn, raisin kids and all that shit these days gonna drive you to self medicate.  what's it to ya bub!!!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

This article is full of shit -- because...

It's totally biased toward drug use, rather than alcohol use.  Think about it (for more than 30 sec):  Which substance abuse is more likely to lead to personal and societal problems -- Drugs or alcohol.  Duh!

On to next topic.

RockyRacoon's picture

Did I miss the memo or was there no differentiation between legal and illegal drug use?  Are "prescribed" drugs included?  I'm getting old, forgive me.   Looks like pot at 13.7 vaulted us right up there.  Since when was pot a drug?

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

And the USA is No. 1 in opiates?  OK, maybe (Vicodin, etc.), but there are a lot of illegal street opiates (heroin, etc.) in Europe and some other places.

Right, Rocky!  They do not define the term "drug" well.  Still, it is heartening to see that we are not No. 1 on this list.

EDIT:

Nor can I believe that Colombia, Mexico, Thailand (lots of cheap & nasty meth there), Guatemala and Venezuela are so virtuous.  The more I look at that table, the more problems I see...

Flakmeister's picture

The global heroin business is dwarfed by American pharma opiates....

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Thanks for that info.  Do you have a link I could look at?  Thx!

Flakmeister's picture

Came across it once, but google is your friend....