The preferred type of alcoholic beverage and its consumption vary depending on the geographical region. A new study, published today in the scientific journal Addiction, reveals this by examining consumption patterns in Europe from 2000 to 2019. The study identified six distinct consumption patterns in Europe in 2019.

Group 1: Wine-Drinking Countries This group includes France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Sweden. These countries are characterized by the highest wine consumption, the lowest consumption of beer and spirits, and the lowest overall alcohol consumption.

Group 2: High Beer, Low Spirits Consumption Countries Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, and Spain fall into this group. These countries have high beer consumption, relatively low spirits consumption, and the highest consumption abroad.

Group 3: High Beer and Spirits Consumption Countries Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia belong to this group. They have high overall alcohol consumption, the highest beer consumption, and a high prevalence of heavy episodic drinking.

Group 4: High Spirits Consumption Countries Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are in this group. These countries have the highest spirits consumption, significant beer consumption, resulting in the highest overall alcohol consumption. They also have the lowest wine consumption and a low prevalence of binge drinking, but high regular consumption.

Group 5: High Spirits Consumption and High Lifetime Abstinence Countries Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Cyprus are included in this category. These countries have the lowest prevalence of drinkers and the highest prevalence of teetotalers, but at the same time, the highest regular spirits consumption.

Group 6: High Regular and Binge Drinking Countries This group comprises Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Malta. These countries have a high prevalence of regular alcohol consumption and binge drinking.

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