Norway bought less alcohol last year

Each Norwegian bought an average figure of 6 litres of pure alcohol last year. This is a 0.5% decrease from the previous year, and a decline of 9.1% in the past ten years.

Approximately one third of the alcohol purchased in Norway is consumed as wine, 17% as spirit liquor, and 44% as beer, according to Statistics Norway (SSB) figures.

‘’It may seem positive that alcohol sales have fallen, but to conclude that alcohol consumption has decreased, we need to know more, said Sveinung Stensland, health policy spokesperson for Høyre (H).

He believes the numbers are of little value so long as we don’t have a full overview of cross-border trade and tax-free sales of alcohol.

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