Finns’ alcohol consumption down by almost 20% since 2007

Credit: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva


Total alcohol consumption has decreased by almost 20 per cent in Finland since 2007, according to the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

THL on Wednesday reported that hazardous alcohol consumption is nevertheless common: its drinking habits survey found that 13 per cent, or 560,000 members, of the public continue to use alcohol to an extent that could increase their long-term health risks.

Almost four-fifths (78%) of all alcohol consumption in the country is also classified as hazardous use, meaning the alcohol is consumed either by problem drinkers or in situations where the drinking limit of five units in succession is exceeded.

“When people think about the risks of alcohol, they mostly think about the long-term health risks caused by high levels of consumption. The risks associated with drunkenness, however, affect a much larger group of people,” Pia Mäkelä, a research professor at THL, stated in a press release on Wednesday.

THL highlighted that total alcohol consumption peaked at 12.7 litres for every over 15-year-old person in 2007, after increasing by a total of 350 per cent since 1960.

Finns, the drinking habits survey also shows, typically consume alcohol with their partner at home over the weekend. For example, an estimated 840,000 people have a drink – most likely a brewery product – between 8pm and 9pm on Saturdays. Only eight per cent of people contrastively reported drinking wine and eight per cent drinking beer with food on a weekly basis.

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