Total alcohol comsumption

Updated: 8 Apr 2021
Next update: 15 Apr 2022

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.

   

Total consumption of alcohol decreased by 3.9 per cent

The total consumption of alcoholic beverages was 10.0 litres of 100% alcohol per citizen aged 15 or over in 2019. The total consumption decreased by 3.9 per cent compared to 2018. Converted to 100% alcohol, total consumption of alcoholic beverages was 46 million litres in 2019.

The recorded consumption of alcoholic beverages in 2019 amounted to around 8.2 litres of 100% alcohol per citizen aged 15 or over. The unrecorded consumption of alcohol was estimated to be about 1.8 litres. Compared with 2018, recorded consumption declined by 2.4 per cent but unrecorded consumption decreased by 10 per cent per citizen aged 15 or over.