The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Published 22 May 2018

Alcohol

84 percent of the inhabitants in Sweden have consumed alcohol during the past 12 months. On average 9.2 litres of pure alcohol is consumed per year and person 15 years or older.

The alcohol consumption is not evenly distributed in the population. Young people (16–29 years) drink more than older people (65–84 years), and men more than women. The total consumption of alcohol has been stable over the past few years.

The prevalence of hazardous alcohol consumption among 16–84-year-old inhabitants in Sweden is 17 percent (2016). Hazardous consumption is more common among young people than among older people, and among men than among women. The hazardous consumption of alcohol decreased among 16–29-year-old inhabitants but increased among 65–84-year-old inhabitants between 2004 and 2016.

Among youth the proportion who drink alcohol, the proportion with a hazardous consumption of alcohol and the quantity of consumed alcohol has declined over the past ten years. In 2016 40 percent of 15–16-year-old school pupils and 74 percent of 17–18-year-old students of upper secondary school had consumed alcohol over the past 12 months. There are no major differences between the genders.

Our mission

The Public Health Agency of Sweden is responsible for:

  • building and conveying knowledge within the alcohol area to relevant stakeholders
  • promoting coordination of the work within the alcohol area at the national level, and for monitoring
  • contributing to enforcement of alcohol legislation through supervision, supervision guidance and serving licenses, and to follow-up the Alcohol Act at an overall level.

We also provide financial support to various projects aiming to build and disseminate knowledge of preventative work within the alcohol, narcotics, doping and tobacco areas.