In 2016, households in Bulgaria spent 1.6 per cent of their total consumption expenditure on alcoholic beverages – precisely matching the average for the European Union, going by figures released by EU statistics agency Eurostat.
The other country to match the EU average that year was the UK.
The household spending in the EU on acloholic beverages represents a total expenditure of almost 130 billion euro, equivalent to 0.9 per cent of EU GDP or more than 250 euro per EU inhabitant, Eurostat said.
The statistics agency said that it should be noted that this does not include alcoholic beverages paid for in restaurants and hotels.
Households’ annual expenditure on alcoholic beverages is roughly equivalent to their expenditure on medical products, appliances and equipment, and slightly higher than what they spent on social protection or education in 2016.
In 2016, across the EU member states for which data are available, households in the three Baltic States devoted the largest share of their total expenditure to alcoholic beverages: Estonia (5.6 per cent), Latvia (4.8 per cent) and Lithuania (4.2 per cent).
They were followed by the Czech Republic and Poland (both 3.6 per cent), Hungary and Finland (both 2.9 per cent).
At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest proportions of household spending on alcoholic beverages were recorded in Spain (0.8 per cent) and Italy (0.9 per cent), ahead of Austria (1.3 per cent), Portugal (1.4 per cent) and Germany (1.5 per cent)./IBNA