Level of Alcohol Consumption in Slovenia Is Growing
In 2015, an average Slovene drank more alcohol than a year earlier. The official level of alcohol consumption in Slovenia amounted to 11.5 litres of pure alcohol per capita, which threatens the health of the nation.
The representatives of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) believe that for many years the Slovenes have been exceeding the allowable annual average threshold of 5 litres of pure alcohol per capita. 1 dL wine contains about 10 g of pure alcohol. The same amount of alcohol is contained in 0.3 dL spirits and 2.5 dL beer.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the highest level of alcohol consumption in the world is in Slovenia, Norway and Switzerland. This level is twice higher than the average global rate. However, Slovenia stands out even within this range. In 2003–2014, Slovenia featured a higher level of pure alcohol consumption (in litres) per capita (respondents age was from 15 years and older) than in Norway and Switzerland as well as if compared to the average EU level.
According to the National Institute of Public Health, the average level of alcohol consumption in Slovenia in 2006–2015 ranged from 9.5 litres (2013) to 12.6 litres (2006) of pure alcohol per capita. The most popular drink is beer (114 litres), wine takes the second place in Slovenia (with the exception for the years 2010 and 2012, when a record amount of wine was consumed) — 44 litres. The consumption of alcoholic beverages amounted to an average of 2.2 litres per year. In 2013, the lowest level of alcohol consumption was marked, and then in 2014 and 2015, it began to grow again and almost reached the statistical indicators of 2012.