Lithuania - Consumption

Alcohol consumption per capita (15+) in the population is calculated and publicly reported by the Lithuanian Department of Statistics, based on retail sales data. In Lithuania consumption of legal alcohol has increased 1.5 times over the period of past 15 years (from approximately 9.7 litres per capita in 2000, to 14 litres in 2015). There was a significant, but brief reduction as a reaction to financial crisis of 2008, but in 2011 has reached the pre-crisis levels and plateaued at an alarmingly high level, despite a slight decline in 2014. Average per capita consumption according to WHO Global report on alcohol and health (2014) in Lithuania between 2008 and 2010 was 15,4 litres of pure alcohol (including legal and illegal alcohol). Such indicator places Lithuania among top three in the world.

Source: Lithuanian department of statistics

In 2016, after a focused pressure from the combined alcohol related industries lobby, the Statistics Lithuania methodology for estimating alcohol consumption was changed and retrospectively applied towards consumption estimates from 2010 and several previous years. The change in methodology involved inclusion of tourist effect and exclusion of duty free alcohol sales. This update resulted in slight decline of pure alcohol consumption estimate in years where the reestimation was applied.


Statistics Lithuania informs that in 2017, based on provisional data, absolute (100 per cent) alcohol consumption per resident aged 15 and older amounted to 12.3 litres (by 0.9 litres less than in 2016).


In 2017, country’s retail trade and catering enterprises sold 3.1 million dekalitres of spirits (vodka, whisky, brandy and the like), which is by 358 thousand dekalitres (10.5 per cent) less than in 2016, and 4.2 million dekalitres of wine and fermented beverages, which is by 947 thousand dekalitres (18.4 per cent) less than in 2016. Just as every year, the bulk of sales fell within beer – 23.2 million dekalitres, or by 2.1 million dekalitres (8.2 per cent) less than in 2016.


In 2017, against 2016, retail prices of alcoholic beverages grew by 11.7 per cent, with the largest increase observed in prices of fruit wine – 53.5, beer produced in Lithuania – 27.5, imported beer – 17.2, bitter – 14.5, vodka produced in Lithuania – 12.6 per cent. The growth in prices of alcoholic beverages was conditioned by a higher excise duty applied since 1 March 2017. In 2017, 1.03 million dekalitres of spirits, expressed in terms of absolute (100 per cent.) alcohol, were produced in Lithuania. Against 2016, their production decreased by 5 per cent. In 2017, production of fermented beverages amounted to 5.5 million dekalitres, which is by 2.3 per cent more than in 2016.