Most Norwegians drink only alcohol on weekends

Shop beer at the storeShop beer at the store.Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix

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One in four Norwegians drink only alcohol on weekends. Men drink more than women and most of the younger Norwegians drink alcohol before they are 18, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s study of alcohol intake in Norway.

The majority of respondents, 60 percent of them, say that they usually drink only alcohol on weekends while 30 percent say they drink two days out of the weekend – on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Norwegian men drink significantly more than women in 2019. Men drink mostly beer while women prefer wine, the report shows.

Those surveyed in the survey have reported an average alcohol consumption of 31 centilitre for men and 19 centilitre for women. For men, the amount equals to eight pints of beer, just over four glasses of wine and three glasses of spirits per month. For women, this amounts to two pints of beer, just over five glasses of wine and two glasses of liquor.

The report also shows that the majority of younger Norwegians drink alcohol before they reach the age of 18. Half of the 15 and 16-year-olds have been drinking alcohol for the past year and one in four have been drunk.

However, the proportion has been lower since the turn of the millennium. Compared to Europe, the proportion of Norwegian 15 and 16 year olds who drink alcohol is low.

Those who drink, rarely do so but when Norwegian teenagers first drink, the alcohol intake is relatively high.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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