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10 June, 2021

Brewing news The Czech Republic: Consumption of pure alcohol per capita up in 2020

There were more frequent alcohol drinkers in the Czech Republic in 2020 than the year before and the estimated average yearly consumption rose significantly, reaching the highest figure in the past three years, a survey released by the National Institute of Public Health (SZU) showed on June 10.

The national survey of tobacco use and alcohol consumption in the Czech Republic in 2020 shows that one-fifth of the inhabitants drank every day or every other day and the number of Czech frequent drinkers rose by 2.4 percentage points last year.

On average, eight litres of pure alcohol per capita were consumed in the Czech Republic in 2020, 0.3 litres more than the year before. If teetotallers do not count, the score per person comes to 9.5 litres, 0.7 litres more as against 2019.

The SZU conducts the surveys on alcohol and tobacco consumption annually. In total, 1,769 respondents took part in the survey last year. The SZU says this is a very representative sample of Czechs over 15. The survey was conducted between mid-November and late December 2020.

Roughly one fifth of the polled, 19.8 percent, stated they drink every day or once in two days, which is 2.4 percent more than in 2019. Men reported frequent drinking in 29 percent, while 11 percent of women said the same.


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