Newly released Eurostat data analyzed household expenditures on booze worldwide.
In 2017, households in the European Union (EU) spent 1.6% of their total consumption expenditure on alcoholic beverages. This represents a total expenditure of over €130 billion, equivalent to 0.9% of EU GDP or over €300 per EU inhabitant.
It should be noted that this does not include alcoholic beverages paid for in restaurants and hotels.
In the EU in 2017, the share of total consumption expenditure spent on alcoholic beverages was the largest in three Baltic States with Estonia (5.2%), Latvia (4.9%) and Lithuania (4.0%) leading the pack respectively.
Poland (3.5%) took fourth place for annual household booze expenditure, with the Czech Republic ranking no. five (3.3%), followed by Hungary (3.0%) and Finland (2.8%).
At the other end of the spectrum, households in Spain (0.8%), Italy, and Greece (both 0.9%) spent the least.