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Spike in ‘continental’ drinking in Sweden

Alcohol consumption is on the rise in Sweden according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD), The Local reports.

Swedes are putting away more wine, drinking spirits less often and adopting a more ‘continental’ approach to alcohol, with drinking no longer confined to the weekends.

While Swedes still drink much less than southern Europeans, the OECD’s research showed that alcohol consumption had increased by 16 percent between 1992 and 2012.

It found that the average Swede now drinks the equivalent of 7.3 litres of pure alcohol a year.

Estonia, Austria and France had the highest consumption, with 12 litres or more per person per year.

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