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  • Total alcohol consumption per capita (Indicator 3)

Total alcohol consumption per capita (Indicator 3)

The indicator describes the following: Total recorded alcohol sales per capita (aged 15+) during one calendar year, in litres of pure alcohol.

The indicator describes the following: Total recorded alcohol sales per capita (aged 15+) during one calendar year, in litres of pure alcohol.


This indicator is part of Target (2): At least a 10 per cent reduction in harmful alcohol consumption. 

Alcohol consumption may be divided into two main parts. The first is what is often called “recorded consumption”, that is, consumption recorded by way of alcohol sales at shops, off-licences, cafes, restaurants, bars etc. The second part includes unrecorded consumption derived from a combination of: legal tourist imports and home distillation, legal or illegal border trading, illegal import (smuggling) and illegal home distillation (illicit distilling). 

Due to the changes in alcohol sales during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Norwegian Survey of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs will serve as an additional data source for this indicator.  

Results

Here we present the sum of recorded alcohol consumption, divided by the number of individuals aged 15+.

Total sales of alcohol per person aged 15+ were relatively stable until the middle of the 1990s but increased substantially up to 2008. This may be mainly attributed to the rise in wine sales. Sales of beer and spirits have somewhat declined over the last few years. There was an overall decline from 2008 to 2014, but the sales were quite stable until 2019. In 2020 and 2021, they were  higher than in previous years. This was most likely due to interventions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Travel restrictions, especially, resulted in a shift in sales of alcohol from international to domestic sales. However, results from the population-based Norwegian Survey of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs, suggest no change in self-reported alcohol consumption over time.

Figure 1. Annual alcohol sales per person aged 15+, in litres of pure alcohol 1981-2020
Figure 1. Annual alcohol sales per person aged 15+, in litres of pure alcohol. Source: Statistics on alcohol sales, Statistics Norway. (Statistics Norway did not publish sales figures for 1998)  .

Table accompanying Figure 1

  Total alcohol Spirits Wine Beer Alcopop
1980 5.98 2.46 0.75 2.77  
1981 5.32 2.06 0.69 2.57  
1982 4.83 1.57 0.57 2.69  
1983 4.85 1.63 0.65 2.57  
1984 4.98 1.62 0.71 2.65  
1985 5.22 1.77 0.82 2.63  
1986 5.27 1.61 0.83 2.83  
1987 5.38 1.63 0.93 2.82  
1988 5.26 1.45 0.97 2.84  
1989 5.08 1.33 0.97 2.78  
1990 4.99 1.24 0.95 2.81  
1991 4.90 1.12 0.93 2.85  
1992 4.67 1 0.91 2.76  
1993 4.55 0.96 0.92 2.67  
1994 4.74 1 0.99 2.75  
1995 4.79 1 1.04 2.75  
1996 5.04 1.02 1.12 2.88 0.02
1997 5.28 1.01 1.28 2.95 0.04
1998          
1999 5.45 1.05 1.49 2.84 0.06
2000 5.66 1.05 1.62 2.93 0.07
2001 5.49 1 1.60 2.82 0.07
2002 5.89 1.12 1.81 2.89 0.07
2003 6.03 1.22 1.84 2.76 0.22
2004 6.22 1.25 1.90 2.96 0.11
2005 6.37 1.28 2 2.98 0.11
2006 6.46 1.30 2.05 3.01 0.11
2007 6.60 1.35 2.11 3.02 0.12
2008 6.75 1.33 2.23 3.06 0.13
2009 6.68 1.31 2.28 2.96 0.13
2010 6.59 1.25 2.29 2.91 0.14
2011 6.43 1.18 2.30 2.83 0.13
2012 6.21 1.11 2.29 2.67 0.14
2013 6.22 1.09 2.30 2.68 0.14
2014 6.06 1.04 2.25 2.62 0.15
2015 5.97 1.03 2.22 2.57 0.15
2016 6.03 1.01 2.21 2.65 0.16
2017 6.00 1.01 2.19 2.63 0.17
2018 6.02 0.97 2.20 2.66 0.19
2019 6.05 1.00 2.23 2.63 0.19
2020 7.23 1.23 2.94 2.83 0.23
2021 7.44 1.27 2.96 2.94 0.27

 

The average self-reported alcohol consumption for Norwegians aged 16 to 79 years was stabile during this time period, except for the pandemic years 2020 and 2021 when consumption was lower. 

In 2020 and 2021, registered per capita sales of alcohol were higher than in preceding years, which can be attributed to travel restrictions during the pandemic.  

Figure 2. Self-reported alcohol use among individuals 16-79 years, reported as the average number of units of alcohol consumed per individual in the last four weeks, age and gender-standardised
Figure 2. Self-reported alcohol use among individuals 16-79 years, reported as the average number of units of alcohol consumed per individual in the last four weeks, age and gender-standardised.
Table for Figure 2
 

2012 

2013 

2014 

2015 

2016 

2017 

2018 

2019 

2020 

2021 

2022 

Number of alcohol units over four weeks 

15 

14 

16 

15 

14 

15 

15 

16 

12 

14 

15 

Data sources

The data sources for this indicator are the Statistics on alcohol sales compiled by Statistics Norway and the Norwegian Survey of Alcohol, Tobacco and DrugsA description and definitions follow below.

Data source: Alcohol sales 

Description  

The statistics compiled by Statistics Norway include recorded sales of alcohol, and are based on data from the Directorate of Customs and Excise, as well as recorded imports. 

Effect measure 

  • Average reported alcohol sales per person aged 15+, in litres of pure alcohol (alcohol litres) per year. 

Unrecorded consumption in the form of home-distilled alcohol, tourist imports, duty-free sales or smuggled goods is not included.  

Data source: Norwegian Survey of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs  

Due to the changes in alcohol sales during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Norwegian Survey of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs will serve as an additional data source for this indicator.  

Description   

The Norwegian Survey of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs is a telephone-based nationwide survey of alcohol, tobacco and drug use among individuals aged 16-79, and undertaken by Statistics Norway on behalf of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The survey is conducted on a representative sample of 3 700 people who are selected from the National Population Register and interviewed via telephone, after having received an information letter regarding the survey. The average response rate for the survey years 2012-2020 was 58 per cent. The survey enables trends in alcohol use to be traced back to 2012.  

National adaptation to global indicators 

WHO’s definition of the indicator  

Indicator 3. Total (recorded and unrecorded) alcohol per capita (aged 15+ years old) consumption within a calendar year in litres of pure alcohol, as appropriate, within the national context.   

National adaptation 

WHO’s indicator applies to both recorded and unrecorded total alcohol consumption per capita per year. The Norwegian indicator only covers recorded alcohol consumption.  

History

18.11.2022: Data for 2020 added. New data source section - Norwegian Survey of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

20.12.2021: Data for 2020 added. New data source section - Norwegian Survey of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

Authors and contacts

Text compiled by the Departments of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs and the Department of Chronic Diseases at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health