DENMARK - Consumption patterns

In 2017 every Dane aged 15 years or more bought on average 9,1 litres of pure (100%) alcohol.

The sale of alcohol in Denmark is significantly higher than sales in the other Nordic countries except Finland.

The consumption figures were only calculated from 2000-2010 after that only sales data is available. Data on cross-border trade came from The Danish Ministry of Taxation but is no longer included in the statistics.


According to WHO´s Global status report on alcohol and health, alcohol consumption in 2016, when also adjusted for tourist consumption, was 10.4 litres.


Figures from July 2015, from the Danish National Institute of Public Health, show that cannabis use is up among high school students while drinking is down. According to a survey from the Danish National Institute of Public Health (Statens Institut for Folkesundhed), cannabis use has increased significantly amongst teenaged Danes. Since 1996, the number of male high school students who have experimented with cannabis has grown from 26 to 50 per cent. Usage amongst girls has gone from 19 to 31 per cent over the same time.


While cannabis use is growing in popularity, excessive drinking is on the decline. Concrete numbers on alcohol use are expected to be part of the Danish National Institute of Public Health’s full report that is due to be released next month. (Source: The Local)


A new report in 2018 by the Danish Cancer Society and TrygFonden charities show that Danes between the ages of 15 and 25 drink less than in previous years. Four out of five people in that age range do not get drunk each weekend. The percentage of young people who get drunk every weekend has fallen from 27 per cent in 2014 to 12 per cent in 2017, according to the report produced by the two organisations.


The survey, carried out by Epinion on behalf of the two charities, is based on data collected from 1,000 people between the ages of 15 and 25. (Source: The Local)


According to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016, Denmark had the highest proportion of drinkers (97.1 per cent of men and 95.3 per cent of women).


That is contradicting though to WHO´s Global status report on alcohol and health which claims for instance that 10.7% of Danes are lifetime abstainers and 35.8% of women haven´t drunk alcohol the last 12 months.