Danes buying less beer than before, according to numbers released by Danmarks Statistik – The Post

Danes buying less beer than before, according to numbers released by Danmarks Statistik

But they’re more than making up for it in cigarettes and spirits

Keep pouring, please (photo: iStock)
July 6th, 2016 7:59 am| by Shifa Rahaman
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According to figures released by the national statistics keeper, Danmarks Statistik, Danes bought less beer in 2015 as compared to 2014 – however, they are more than making up for the deficit in other ways.

According to the numbers, a total of 44.6 million litres of beer, wine, spirits and alcopops were consumed in 2015 – a slight decrease from 2014, when 44.9 million litres were sold, DR reports.

Shifting tastes
However, the percentage of each drink consumed has changed – while less beer and wine is being bought, the sale of spirits has increased.

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Danes are also buying more cigarettes that ever before – in 2015, the sale of cigarettes increased for the first time in five years. In total, 5.8 billion cigarettes were sold last year, an increase of 0.2 billion. However, the sale of cigars and cigarellos decreased from 126 million to 84 million, thanks to new taxes introduced last year.