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Norway alcohol drinking bucks European trend. Alcohol consumption is declining in many European countries but not Norway, a new report shows. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s document states that each person consumes eight liters of pure alcohol every year.   6.21 liters of these eight liters are bought in Norway, and 1.6 liters are either smuggled or purchased outside Norway.

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Norway alcohol drinking bucks European trend

Published on Monday, 30th June, 2014 at 14:50 under the news category, by Sarah Winkelmann.
Last Updated on 30th June 2014 at 20:36.

Alcohol consumption is declining in many European countries but not Norway, a new report shows.

Empty beer bottles
Norwegians are drinking more than they did two decades ago.Empty beer bottles
Photo: Ian Sane/Flickr


The Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s document states that each person consumes eight liters of pure alcohol every year.  

6.21 liters of these eight liters are bought in Norway, and 1.6 liters are either smuggled or purchased outside Norway.

Alcohol consumption has increased by 40 percent over the last 20 years, says the Health Institute report (FHI).

Director Camilla Stoltenberg calls it “a tremendous rise even though it may seem that levels are possibly flattening out and decreasing among younger people.”

The World Health Organization expects consumption in European countries such as Germany, France, and Denmark to decline drastically until 2025.

But consumption levels in Nordic countries Sweden, Iceland, Finland, and Norway are expected to increase in the same period.

The main factors for changes over the last 20 years are age, gender, education, and income. The report also shows that younger persons drink less, but older more.

Figures from another inquiry, norLAG (the Norwegian Life Course, Ageing, and Generation Study), show 50-70-year-old women drink four times more than women between 30 and 39.

Women drink two to three times less than men, but the amount is higher that it was 20 years ago despite this, the study reveals.

The FHI Director also draws a link between lower incomes and education and alcohol problems. Consumption levels also increase the higher the education level people have.

She would like to see the amount of alcohol imbibed go down.

“Measures [to achieve this] included price and availability,” Ms. Stoltenberg concluded.

The Progress Party’s (FrP) Kari Kjønaas Kjos is skeptical, however.

“This will not help because trade leakages to neighboring countries such as Sweden will only increase”.

Her Party has also called for longer serving times in pubs and bars, as well as being able to buy beer until they close.




Published on Monday, 30th June, 2014 at 14:50 under the news category, by Sarah Winkelmann.
Last updated on 30th June 2014 at 20:36.

This post has the following tags: alcohol, norway.





  
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