Alcohol – Ireland 2nd most expensive in Eurozone

Ireland was the second most expensive country for alcohol in the Eurozone and the fourth most expensive of the total of 36 countries surveyed, with prices in Ireland running at just over double the EU27 average in 2021.


Within the EU Ireland was the second most expensive for alcohol after Finland.

Within the EU Ireland was the second most expensive for alcohol after Finland.

The results were published recently by the Central Statistics Office in a report Price Levels of Food, Beverages, and Tobacco 2021: How Ireland Compares.

Of the 36 countries surveyed, Iceland had the highest prices for alcohol at 186% above the EU27 average followed in fourth position by Ireland at 101% above, while alcoholic beverages were cheapest in North Macedonia, at 19% below the EU27 average.

Within the European Union Finland was the most expensive for alcohol and Hungary was the least expensive.

Ireland was the second most expensive.

The country groups included in the analysis in 2021 were the 27 Member States of the European Union, the three European Free Trade Association countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland), the five candidate countries (Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey) and potential candidate countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

This analysis was based on statistics published by Eurostat on the 21st of June 2022 for 36 European countries. The information is compiled from data collected as part of the Eurostat-OECD Purchasing Power Parity programme under which price data on Food, Beverages & Tobacco in 2021 was collected by 36 European national statistical offices.



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