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Luxembourg – a nation of heavy drinkers?
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Luxembourg – a nation of heavy drinkers?

13.05.2014 From our online archive
Luxembourg consumes twice as much alcohol per year as the world average – 11.9 litres of pure alcohol, the equivalent of roughly 500 bottles of beer – according to statistics published by the World Health Organisation.

(CS) Luxembourg consumes twice as much alcohol per year as the world average – 11.9 litres of pure alcohol, the equivalent of roughly 500 bottles of beer – according to statistics published by the World Health Organisation.

The data represents a yearly average from 2008 to 2010 and shows a decrease to previous years. Between 2003 and 2005, for example, the average consumption was at 13.3 litres of pure alcohol.

While the worldwide average consumption was at just 6.2 litres in 2010, according to WHO, Luxembourg's statistic compare to those of its neighbouring countries.

In Belgium, consumption was at 11 litres of pure alcohol per capita on average between 2008 and 2010, with 12.2 litres consumed in France and 11.8 litres in Germany.

In Luxembourg, wine was most popular among drinkers, making up 43 percent of alcohol consumed, followed by beer (36 percent) and spirits (21 percent).

There were also a number of abstainers recorded in Luxembourg in 2010. In total 6.1 percent of the 15+ population were listed as not having had a drink in the past 12 months. When they are taken out of the equation, alcohol consumption rises to 12.7 litres per capita.

This compares to 12.8 litres in Belgium, 12.9 litres and France and 14.7 litres in Germany – leaving Luxembourg the most sober nation in the Greater Region.

Additionally, the statistics fail to take into account that much of the alcohol bought in Luxembourg is not actually consumed by residents. Not only do cross-border workers add to the amount of alcohol drunk in Luxembourg, but also fuel tourists who stock up on cheaper spirits at the border.