Total alcohol comsumption 

Updated: 27.4.2017 - Next update: 10.5.2018
   
 
 
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Level of total alcohol consumption unchanged

Total consumption of alcoholic beverages was 10.8 litres of 100% alcohol per citizen aged 15 or over in 2016. Total consumption remained on level with 2015. Converted to 100% alcohol, total consumption of alcoholic beverages was 49.7 million litres in 2016.

The recorded consumption of alcoholic beverages in 2016 amounted to 8.4 litres of 100% alcohol per citizen aged 15 or over. The unrecorded consumption of alcohol was estimated to be 2.3 litres. Recorded consumption went down by 1.2 per cent from 2015. The volume of unrecorded consumption grew slightly.


Source:
National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)


Description of indicator

The indicator shows total consumption of alcoholic beverages calculated per capita as pure alcohol. Total consumption of alcoholic beverages comprises documented and undocumented consumption of alcoholic beverages. Documented consumption of alcoholic beverages comprises sales by Alko retail outlets and deliveries by wholesalers of alcoholic beverages to grocery shops, kiosks and service stations, and restaurants licensed to serve alcohol, as pure alcohol.

Undocumented consumption of alcoholic beverages comprises the legal and illegal manufacture of alcoholic beverages at home, alcohol imported by tourists, smuggling and substitutes, and alcohol consumed by Finns outside the borders of Finland, from which alcohol bought and consumed by foreigners in Finland deducted. Undocumented consumption of alcoholic beverages is estimated annually for the whole country. Undocumented consumption accounts for approximately one fifth of total consumption of alcoholic beverages.