Though the general consumption of alcohol decreased in recent years, the annual volume of consumed beer in Norway remained stable in the years from 2008 to 2018. By reaching the age of 18 individuals are allowed to buy beer, and the amount of beer consumed per person in the country amounted to 51 liters by the end of this period.
In selected years from 1950 to 2018, the average volume of spirits consumed per capita in Norway generally decreased. It was lowest from 2015 to 2018, amounting to a consumption volume of 2.5 liters per person. The legal drinking and purchasing age for beverages with an alcohol content higher than 22 percent is 20 years and older.