Baltic states in the European Union are outlaying more of their household expenditure in buying alcoholic drinks, than all other countries in the bloc.
New data, released by Eurostat on Tuesday, indicate EU citizens spent more than €130 billion on alcohol in 2017.
The share of total consumption expenditure spent on alcoholic beverages was highest in Estonia where households spent 5.2%. Latvia outlaid 4.9%, while Lithuania’s average household spend was 4.0%.
Poland was next with 3.5%, Czechia with 3.3%, Hungary 3.0% and Finland 2.8%.
At the opposite end of the scale, surprisingly Spaniards, Greeks and Italians spent significantly less on alcoholic drinks compared to their European counterparts. Spain spent a miserly 0.8%, while Greece and Italy recorded expenditures of just 0.09%.
Germany, Austria and Portugal too were on the lower end of the scale, each registering 1.4%.
Bulgarians, according to the data, have spent the past 10 years sobering up – having almost halved their expenditure in 2017 compared to a decade ago, reducing expenditure from 3% in 2007 to 1.7% in 2017.