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Sweden: Wine consumption increased during the corona pandemic


Björn Trolldal, CAN

14.10.2022 - Wine consumption increased by 2% during the corona pandemic compared to 2019, the year before the pandemic. This is shown by data from the Monitor measurements presented by CAN (The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs).


"We see that wine consumption increased during the pandemic, while the total consumption of alcohol decreased by 3.5%," says Björn Trolldal, an investigator at CAN. The data is based on consumption in 2021 compared to 2019.


The increase in wine consumption is part of a long-term trend: 20 years ago, wine accounted for 34% of total alcohol consumption, and in 2021 it accounted for 44%, measured in pure alcohol. Over the same period, the share of spirits has fallen sharply.


"There are two clear trends in Swedish alcohol consumption in recent decades," says Björn Trolldal.


The table shows the different drinks' shares of the total alcohol consumption in the years 2001 and 2021, measured in pure alcohol.

Beverage

Share in 2001

Share in 2021

Wine

34%

44%

Strong beer

28%

31%

Spirits

28%

18%

Light beer

9%

5%

Cider

1%

2%

TOTAL

100%

100%

Read the report "Alcohol consumption 2001-2021", available for download at can.se

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