This is how much Poles spent on alcohol. Record amount

According to “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna”, citing the data of the State Agency for Solving Alcohol Problems, last year Poles spent 9.6 percent on alcohol more than a year ago. It has not been a long time before such big jumps. The last time alcohol spending grew so fast was in 2014 – by 10 percent, and in 2015 – by 9.6 percent.

Alcohol also affected by the inflation

The reason for the increase in the amounts left in liquor stores is the increase in the prices of alcoholic beverages. In 2014, such a jump resulted in an increase in excise duty by 15%. Now it’s the effect of inflation.

According to PARPA, the consumption of alcohol itself in 2021 increased slightly. In 2020, the average consumption of pure alcohol per capita was 9.62 litres. In 2021 it was 9.7 litres.

Poles like wine and vodka

The statistics increase the type of alcohol consumed. 2021 was another year in which beer consumption fell. Due to the cancellation of mass events and the pandemic, or the closure of gastronomic establishments, the demand for low-percentage alcohol has decreased. 

On the other hand, the consumption of wines, meads and spirits increased. Last year, 3.8 litres per person, the most since 1994. Interestingly, Poles more and more often decide to buy alcohol from the top shelf, especially in the spirits category, which also increases the value of the market.

On the other hand, the number of alcohol shops is decreasing every year. In 2019, there were 124,133 points selling alcohol in Poland. In 2021 – only 123,345 points. The policy of local governments also contributes to the decline in the number of permits for the sale of alcohol. In 2019, there were 310,000 of them, and two years later – 309,365.

Source: Wprost

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