Alcohol: consumption restrictions in the European Union (EU-28) 2016

This figure shows the level of freedom regarding alcohol consumption restrictions in the European Union in 2016. Based on a maximum value of 30 (the state being the least free) Finland and Sweden scored 25, followed by Ireland (15). Spain received a score of zero, making it one of the most liberal country in the EU regarding alcohol consumption. In Spain there is no statutory closing time for bars and there are no governmental prohibitions on alcohol promotions.

Consumption restrictions of alcohol in the European Union (EU-28) in 2016, by nanny state index score*

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Release date

March 2016



Survey time period

January 2016

Supplementary notes

* Scores out of 30 (30 being least free):
Retail monopoly (state-owned monopoly on alcohol retail = 5 points; no monopoly = 0 points).
Statutory closing time in the on-trade (forced closing time/ stop serving alcohlo = 10 points; arbitrary closing time = 0 points).
Drink driving limit (drunk driving limit at 0.02% or lower of blood alcohol concentration = 5 points).
Ban on promotions: ban on the sales promotions such as happy hour or two-for-one deals (no restrictions = 0 points; partial restrictions = up to 9 points; full ban = 10 points).

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