Greece News Weekly

Study finds that Greeks drink much less alcohol than most other Europeans

According to a recent study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Greeks drink less alcohol than the average European.

More specifically, the WHO study includes findings from thirty different European countries (the 28 member-states of the EU plus Switzerland and Norway) and refers to the year 2016.

Its findings revealed some interesting trends about the drinking habits of the Europeans as a whole.

According to these findings, Greeks aged 15 or more, drank a total of 10.7 liters of alcoholic drinks in 2016. This figure is lower than the average European, which was 11.3 liters.

Greece recorded a slow but steady reduction in terms of alcohol consum-ption.

In 1990, the Greeks drank an average of 12.5 liters, which was 1.8 liters more than what they drank in 2016.

When those who never drink alcohol are excluded, the average Greek man consumed 18.3 liters in 2016, while women only 4.7.

The same figures for the European average were 22 liters for men and 7.6 liters for women.

45.5 percent of Greeks said that they prefer wine when they drink, 31.5 percent said beer and 21.8 percent other drinks, such as whiskey, vodka, etc.

According to the statement issued by the WHO, ”per capita, alcohol consumption in the WHO European Region, including the European Union (EU), is the highest in the world, which results in proportionally higher levels of the burden of disease attributable to alcohol use compared to other regions”.