Finns are drinking more at home

The hospitality sector is expanding, but bars and restaurants are selling less alcohol. Total consumption held steady in 2016, which means people are drinking more at home.

New figures from the National Institute of Health and Welfare-THL, show that per capita consumption of alcohol remained steady in 2016. THL reports consumption last year at the equivalent of 10.8 litres of pure alcohol for every inhabitant over the age of 15, the same level as during the previous year.

However, there was a shift towards the consumption of more personally imported alcohol, as well as a drop in alcohol sales by bars are restaurants.

THL reports that Finnish residents travelling abroad last year brought back 4.9% more drink in terms of pure alcohol, a 13.3% increase measured in litres imported. Overall, travelers brought home a total of 81.5 million litres of alcoholic beverages.

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