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FINLAND: 15% fall in drinking over the past decade

Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare THL reports that alcohol consumption in the country has declined by 15% since 2007. While it describes this finding as an exceptional, positive long-term development, THL says the Finns are still a long way from changing their drinking culture.

According to the THL report, alcohol consumption has fallen in all age groups, and there has been a decline in consumption by both light and heavy drinkers.

Even though less spirits are being consumed, the Finns have yet to adopt what the THL calls a “southern European” drinking culture where people drink often, but in moderation.

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