Per capita consumption of alcohol in Norway 2008-2018

The Nordic countries, except Denmark, have strong restrictions on the sales of alcoholic beverages. In Norway, the government-owned alcohol retailer Vinmonopolet is the only company that can sell beverages containing an alcohol content higher than 4.75 percent. In recent years, the consumption of alcohol in Norway decreased, and in 2018, the per capita consumption of alcohol amounted to a volume of nearly 83 liters.   

Per capita consumption of beer

   Individuals aged 18 years and older are allowed to purchase beer in Norway. Though the consumption of alcohol decreased in the past years, the volume of beer consumed in the country remained stable from 2008 to 2017. By the end of this period, the amount of beer consumed per person was 50 liters. Retail beer (alcohol content of 3.7 to 4.7 percent) was most popular among Norwegians as the consumption volume reached a total of roughly 233 million liters in 2018.    

 Per capita consumption of spirits 

  In selected years from 1950 to 2017, the average volume of spirits consumed per capita in Norway overall decreased. It was lowest from 2015 to 2017, when the consumption volume was 2.6 liters per person. The legal drinking and purchasing age for beverages with an alcohol content higher than 22 percent is 20 years and older.     

Per capita consumption of alcohol in Norway from 2008 to 2018

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Source

Release date

March 2019

Region

Norway

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Age group

15 years and older

Special properties

excluding Norwegian citizens' purchase of alcohol abroad

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