Consumption expenditure on alcohol above EU average

Analysis

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In 2019, households in Hungary spent 2.9% of their total consumption expenditure on alcoholic beverages, according to data published by statistical agency Eurostat.

In the EU as a whole, this rate stood at 1.6% of total consumption expenditure, corresponding to roughly EUR 117 billion. The data does not include alcoholic beverages purchased in restaurants and hotels.

Chart by Eurostat

The share of total consumption expenditure spent on alcoholic beverages was the highest in the three Baltic States: Latvia (4.8%), Estonia (4.7%), and Lithuania (3.7%).

The Hungarian rate, which fell 0.1 percentage points compared to 2018, was the joint-fifth highest among member states. 

At the other end of the spectrum, the figure stood below 1% in Greece and Italy (each 0.9%).

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