Switzerland: Alcohol Use At 70-Year Low
The average Swiss consumed 7.9 liters of pure alcohol in 2016, down from 8.1 litres in 2014 and 2015. That’s the lowest figure in over 70 years, reports the Swiss Alcohol Board, with the release of the “Alkohol in Zahlen” (Alcohol in Numbers) report.
About half of the pure alcohol that people consume – about 3.7 liters per year – comes from wine. The rest comes from beer (2.6 litres), and liquor (1.5 litres). A mere decilitre comes from fruit wine.
However, the less alcoholic beer remains more popular than wine as a beverage, although people are consuming less of that as well:
- 54.9 liters of beer were consumed per person per year compared with 55.8 liters in 2015.
- The figures for wine were 33.8 liters (2016) and 35.3 (2015).
- Liquor intake dropped from 3.7 to 3.6 litres.
Some 80% of liquor consumed in Switzerland is imported. At the same time, the number of Swiss breweries is increasing – from 623 in 2015 up to 753 in 2016.