Study: Alcohol consumption in Estonia remains steady in 2017

According to the results of a study of the Estonian alcohol market and consumption commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs and conducted by the Institute of Economic Research (EKI), Estonian residents’ alcohol consumption increased 0.7% last year to 10.3 litres of absolute alcohol per adult.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, institute director Marje Josing said that a growth of 0.7% effectively means that there was no change on the market, and that the market is quite stable.

The domestic market has declined from 15.6 litres of absolute alcohol per adult to 13 litres. Illegal sales have remained at 0.5 litres. The amount of alcohol purchased abroad, meanwhile, has grown from 0.8 to 2.6 litres of absolute alcohol per adult.

In comparison, the amount of alcohol purchased in Estonia fell from 5.5 litres of absolute alcohol in 2016 to 4.6 litres.

According to EKI’s calculations, alcohol purchased abroad, primarily in Latvia, amounted to 2.6 litres of absolute alcohol per adult resident last year. The consumption data can also be influenced by Latvians and Finns buying alcohol from stores located on the Estonian-Latvian border.

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