Data of Alcohol Consumption ΕΕ-27 2019
According to recent Eurostat data for 2019, one in 12 adults consumed alcohol every day in Europe.
In 2019, 8.4% of the EU adult population consumed alcohol daily, 28.8% weekly, 22.8% monthly and 26.2% never consumed or hadn’t consumed any in the last 12 months.
Daily consumption of alcohol was found to increase with age. The lowest share of those who consumed alcohol the most frequently (i.e. every day) was recorded among those aged 15 to 24 (1.0%) while the highest share in people of 75 or over (16.0%). However, the latter age group also accounted for the highest share that never consumed alcohol or had not consumed any in the past 12 months (40.3%).
Weekly alcohol consumption was fairly stable across all age groups between 25 and 64, the highest share being found among people aged 45 to 54 (33.5%). Monthly and less than once a month consumption slightly decreased with age. People aged between 25 and 34 recorded the highest share that consumed alcohol monthly (28.5%).
Daily and weekly consumption of alcohol were more common for men than for women (respectively 13.0% of men vs. 4.1% of women and 36.4% of men vs. 21.7% of women).
The prevalence of alcohol consumption in Greece was as follows:
- 5.9% of the adult population consumed alcohol every day
- 25.2% every week,
- 27.5% every month,
- 12.9% less than once a month &
- 28.5% never consumed alcohol or had not consumed any in the last 12 months.
Daily consumption of alcohol were more common for men than for women (10.0% and 2.2% respectively).
In addition, Greece ranks among the EU-27 countries, with generally low alcohol consumption and a low prevalence of heavy episodic drinking*.
Heavy drinking episodes at least once a month higher in Denmark, Romania and Luxembourg.
- Denmark 38%
- Romania 35%
- Luxembourg 34%
The lowest rates of heavy drinking episodes are recorded in:
- Greece & Spain 6%
- Cyprus & Italy 4%
*Heavy episodic drinking is defined as ingesting the equivalent of more than 60g of pure ethanol on a single occasion.