This figure – which shows the situation before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic – compares to an EU average of 1.6% for spend on alcohol as part of the household spend total.
Together, alcohol and tobacco accounted for 5% of total household expenditure.
Ireland’s spend on alcohol took it into 13th place out of the EU27. The UK – no longer part of the EU – was in line with the EU average of 1.6%.
The largest proportion of household spend spent on alcohol was in Latvia at 4.8% of total household spend while Italy & Greece shared the lowest proportion of household spend at 0.9%.
According to Eurostat, “In 2019, households in the EU spent €117 billion (equivalent to 0.8% of the EU’s GDP) on ‘alcoholic beverages’”.
The report adds, “In six EU Member States – Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia – this share remained stable”.
The alcohol spends do not include alcoholic beverages paid for in restaurants and hotels which accounted for some 15% of total household expenditure here in 2019.