• Sweden edition
 
Swedes drink less alcohol: study

Swedes drink less alcohol: study

Published: 19 Feb 2011 13:35 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Feb 2011 13:35 GMT+01:00

Average alcohol consumption, measured as litres of pure alcohol, amounted to 9.3 litres per person aged 15 and over, according to the report compiled by The Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD) at Stockholm University.

The figure represents a decline from the 9.5 litres recorded in 2008 and SoRAD concluded in its report that a further decline is anticipated in 2010.

"The decline in the total alcohol consumption which was noted nationally during 2009 covers the whole country as a result of a reduction of imports and smuggling," SoRAD concluded.

In real terms this means that an average Swede drank 5 litres of spirits, 30 litres of wine, 69 litres of strong and medium strength beer and around 3 litres of cider and mixed drinks.

The state-owned monopoly alcohol retailer Systembolaget accounted for an increasing proportion of beer and wine sales and, together with licensed premises and sales of medium strength beer, accounted for 78 percent of total consumption, up from 74 percent in 2008.

Systembolaget's sales accounted for 62 percent of total sales while import and smuggling accounted for 14 and 6 percent respectively; 10 percent was consumed in restaurants, 6 percent was accounted for by beer sold in grocery retail stores, and 2 percent was homemade.

Wine is the most popular drink of choice for Swedes, accounting for 41 percent of consumption, followed by beer and spirits on 35 and 22 percent respectively.

With regards to smuggling and import, there were significant regional variations highlighted in the report, with as much as 30 percent of the alcohol consumed in southern Sweden brought into the country this way.

Stockholm residents consumed the most alcohol on average in 2010, with around 10 litres of pure alcohol per person, while the province of Norrland came in lowest with 7.5 litres.

Norrbotten and Västerbotten in the north of Sweden, and Jönköping in central Sweden, lead the country when it comes to alcohol abstinence, with 35 percent of women and 25 percent of men eschewing the drink.

Despite the small total decline in recent years, alcohol consumption remains relatively high in a longer historical perspective, with 2009 consumption some 15-20 percent higher than in the middle of the 1990s.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

12:28 February 19, 2011 by Nemesis
A blind, deaf and dumb monkey could point out that Swedes are drinking more alcohol, not less.

Whoever did this survery must have been wearing blinkers.
12:35 February 19, 2011 by rashkow
I am from Africa and I used to see many people whose lives destroyed by alkohol and drugs, but here in Sweden on the weekends I see many young people buying various types of alkohol winds which I understand it can destroy the economy and lives of many youth.
12:54 February 19, 2011 by andrewsrocks
mmmm that swedes stopped buying at system bolaget does not mean they "reduced" alcohol consumption... black market rules baby
13:01 February 19, 2011 by Swedesmith
I knew that when I left Sweden their would be an impact but I didn't realize how big.
13:54 February 19, 2011 by RACOON
Swedes buy alcohol on Tallink & Silja Line!......lol
14:05 February 19, 2011 by Rebel
Maybe as Islam grows, alcohol consumption will decrease until someday it can be banned completely in Sweden.
14:10 February 19, 2011 by RACOON
@ Rebel

I dont think so!
14:19 February 19, 2011 by krattan
I can also provide some of the anecdotal evidence this time as I've been at Systembolaget maybe twice during the last year. This is part of an all around healthier lifestyle which is an ongoing trend in Sweden. But as always you can't judge a countrys population by the company you keep.
14:53 February 19, 2011 by Rick Methven
@ Krattan

"maybe twice during the last year."

Last of the big spenders LOL

If I only went twice a year, it would be with a ten tonne truck
15:38 February 19, 2011 by Swedesmith
@ Rick is that ten tonnes before loading or after?
15:41 February 19, 2011 by GlobeRider
Being sober is boring!!! 8:D
15:44 February 19, 2011 by amir1106
Dont sit inside and do study... go out on weekends,,,, be realistic
15:50 February 19, 2011 by Rick Methven
@ Rick is that ten tonnes before loading or after?

If the truck weighs 3 tons empty then it would be 13 tonnes after
15:50 February 19, 2011 by UScitizen
The amount per person is being caculated from age 15. Now, I drank at age 15 so I know it happens but who's making sure each and evert 15-17 year old gets his/her share? Maybe if the total was caculated from 18 up, THEN it would show an increase.
15:59 February 19, 2011 by RACOON
@ GlobeRider

Ha ha ha ah......... lol
18:19 February 19, 2011 by Douglas Garner
For once... you idiots... the Local did provide adequate statistics for the article to be meaningful for people who actually take the time to READ... okay, perhaps some readers must have someone read it to them...

Included were statistics for imports and smuggled goods... that takes care of the cruise lines, home brew was calculated out. Hanging out in systembolaget would not do much to convert your personal observations to consumption, neither would hanging out in a bar. The unit sales information as was obviously used here, however, is meaningful.

So, unless you actually have something to say other than make jokes, you could probably extend the life of your keyboard by typing less, and share your comments with the one (probably your drinking buddy) who read the article to you in the first place!
19:35 February 19, 2011 by Michael Whitfield
Nothing wrong with a normal consumption of wine or barley beverages, but like the saying goes, everything in moderation. But with the price of alcoholic beverages in Sweden that is a moot point.
20:10 February 19, 2011 by kenny8076
thats funny i thought like 7 or 8 months ago they were saying Swedes are drinking more?!?!

i skimmed through and noticed someone mentioned black market for alcohol.... and i have seen a couple friends buy from this market...... hahaha its so funny to me that there even IS a black market for beer lol, i cant get over it. I sure miss just being able to run up to the 7-11 and grab a six pack. Some things here are just plain silly, its like you need a babysitter your whole life!!
20:28 February 19, 2011 by Israeli Jew
It seems that the phony people (Swedes) are following their children molesters who used to say: drink but don't get drunk.

Why on earth people, traditions, laws, manners and morals in this country become so fake....
21:45 February 19, 2011 by Swedesmith
Hey Donald, what's wrong with making jokes?
23:25 February 19, 2011 by Twiceshy2
kenny do like me, just get a whole cart full of beers from Systembolaget loaded in your car (rent or borrow one once a year if needed), and you'll never need to pick a six pack ever again,
02:12 February 20, 2011 by matona1
very simple no money
03:27 February 20, 2011 by Keith #5083
#Swedesmith

another amazing anecdote! shuper fuzzy - erm - funny.
07:21 February 20, 2011 by UScitizen
@ Douglas Garner

Chill out man!!! Have a few drinks and calm down. You must have the DT's or something! Those AA meetings you're going to AREN'T working. Go ahead and have a beer for goodness sake!
10:01 February 20, 2011 by calebian22
As if alcohol consumption will ever drastically change in Sweden. It is truly the social lubricant.
11:35 February 20, 2011 by amir1106
actually this study is based on last week before salary. when they can only buy one beer.

@ Douglas Garner . .... nothing.... lol
12:09 February 20, 2011 by johnny1939
No wonder that Jönköping is on the list for little drinking since that part of the country is full of bible thumpers.

In Stockholm the bars & restaurants seem to always be crowded w/ young drinkers. I wonder how they can afford it? But maybe they live w/ their parents or have liberal student loans. A friend of mine brought home 27 bottles of wine from Portugal.! Every time I fly I see my fellow countrymen loaded down w/ plastic bags from the airport store. In Newark I have noticed SAS people in uniform loading up in Duty Free...looks really bad.. but better than seeing them in the bar I guess.
18:44 February 20, 2011 by dan_sparrow
yeah swedes drink less and santa claus exist!
20:57 February 20, 2011 by Ivan Juric
I was in both Croatia and Sweden (mostly Sodermalm) last year. A study claimed that Croatia had amongst the highest consumption. When I was in Sodermalm I noticed a high level of intoxication. When I was in Croatia the only time I noticed high alcohol consumption was by tourists from affluent countiries including Swedes and Norwegians. This is what made the rate higher in Croatia. This study is not a very accurate measure. If you want to see high alcohol consumption come here to Australia on a Saturday night.
21:14 February 20, 2011 by elepaol
Drinkin' in Sweden is not decreasing, as well as it doesn't decrease long term effects of it!
23:56 February 21, 2011 by philster61
Swedes drink less alcohol? Since when?? In what dimension do Swedes drink less??
01:33 February 22, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
Is it true that O.P. Anderson aquavit is going out of business?
21:47 February 22, 2011 by CLiv
@Israeli Jew, I sure hope you do not live in Sweden, and if you do..Get the hell out of my country!!!!
Today's headlines
Snake hunt after man claims playground bite
The Swedish adder. Photo: Piet Spaans

Snake hunt after man claims playground bite

A man claimed to have been bitten by a poisonous snake at a paddling pool in Gothenburg on Thursday prompting a hunt which ended without a trace of the offending reptile. READ  

Stockholmers sound off on 'beautiful Swedes'
Swedish girls in Stockholm. Photo: Susanne Walström/Imagebank Sweden

Stockholmers sound off on 'beautiful Swedes'

Following a Nordic survey in which Swedes were voted the "most attractive", The Local hit the streets to see what Stockholmers thought. READ  

Sweden keeps eye on Norway bomb threat
Norwegian police car at Oslo Gardemoen Airport. Photo: TT

Sweden keeps eye on Norway bomb threat

The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) have said that an "imminent terror threat" to neighbouring Norway doesn't yet affect Sweden although developments are being closely followed. READ  

Seven-year-old Swede cycles to Berlin
The Blomdahl family in Berlin. Photo: Private

Seven-year-old Swede cycles to Berlin

Edvin Blomdahl is seven-years-old. He also cycled from Sweden to Berlin, a journey of 370 kilometres, in four days. READ  

Opinion
'Gaza conflict needs help, not empty rhetoric'
Demonstrations at Sergels Torg in Stockholm. Photo: Kent Vilhelmsson

'Gaza conflict needs help, not empty rhetoric'

As the rhetoric rises at demonstrations in Swedish cities, Stockholm-based Israeli writer David Stavrou calls on Swedes to think before they shout and to cast a critical eye over much that is written and said about the conflict in Gaza. READ  

Brit's charity tractor trek heads for Sweden
The vintage tractor ready to travel from UK to north Norway. Photo: Peter Matheson

Brit's charity tractor trek heads for Sweden

A British man is set next month to drive from Scotland, across Sweden, and to the northern tip of Norway on a vintage tractor to raise money for a cancer charity. READ  

Sweden agency hikes heat warning to 'extreme'
This canine friend is not amused. Photo: TT

Sweden agency hikes heat warning to 'extreme'

Swedish weather agency SMHI has raised its weather warning to class 2, giving notice of "extremely high temperatures" in parts of the country. READ  

Songs for a hot Swedish summer
Ted Gärdestad. Photo: TT

Songs for a hot Swedish summer

Contributor Paul Connolly has put together a list of Swedish songs to capture balmy summer days, which in his neck of the northern woods are pushing the mercury above 35c for the first time in a century. READ  

Swedes suffer as buses boil in the summer sun
Photo: TT

Swedes suffer as buses boil in the summer sun

Stockholm's local traffic authority has received almost 300 complaints since June 1st with many regarding stifling heat on the city's buses, which lack air con. READ  

Grounded flights strand Swedes in Tel Aviv
Photo: Matt Rourke/TT

Grounded flights strand Swedes in Tel Aviv

UPDATE: About 270 passengers planning to fly to Stockholm are still stranded in Tel Aviv, and airlines have stated that flights will likely be grounded on Thursday as well. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Swedes voted 'most beautiful' in the Nordics
Business & Money
Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax
National
Swedish organic sales enjoy 'amazing' growth
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Society
What's On in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching July 23
Blog updates

22 July

Det (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! “Det” is a personal pronoun that can be used in many ways, and it might me confusing if you always translate “det” to English “it”. In this article I will do my best to guide you to how to use “det”. Det replacing a word, a phrase or a clause Let us begin with the less confusing..." READ »

 

22 July

PROTECTING GIRLS FROM ABUSE OF THEIR RIGHTS (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Today (22 July) my Prime Minister, David Cameron, and UNICEF, are hosting the world’s first #GirlSummit in London. The Summit’s aim is to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end the appalling practices of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Early Forced Marriage (CEFM). This is a high priority for the UK government and the Prime..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'
Business & Money
New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
Gallery
People-watching Båstad
Business & Money
Sweden falls to third in global innovation index
Society
Swedish ornithologists keep webcam watch
Photo: Andreas Nordström/Image Bank Sweden
Gallery
Top ten Swedish beach hot spots
Tech
Swedish Wiki vet sets new content record
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån
Lifestyle
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching July 15-16
Photo: Ola Ericson/Image Bank Sweden
Society
What's On in Sweden
Photo: Lisa Mikulski
National
Hope springs eternal for expat pet shop owner
Gallery
Princess Estelle steals limelight at mum's birthday
National
Swedes risk infants' lives by covering up prams
National
Swede runs for office just using Bitcoin funds
Gallery
People-watching July 11-13
National
Malmö mayor slams Danish beggar ban
National
Swedish anti-abortion midwife sues county
National
Swede's salary chopped for Facebook use
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

713
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se