In 2019, the average Pole drank as much as 9.78 liters of pure alcohol, and alcohol consumption was the highest since 1993, when these statistics were first recorded, “Rzeczpospolita” daily reported.
According to the State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems (PARPA), consumption in 2019 went up by 0.23 liter in comparison to 2018, which was a significant increase over recent years, the daily said.
Spirits are largely responsible for this growth in 2019. Their consumption increased from 3.3 to 3.7 liters (in terms of pure spirit), although, for example, the amount of beer consumed decreased. In 2019, the average Pole consumed 97.1 liters of beer compared to 100.5 liters the previous year.
Last year, the media regularly highlighted the sale of drinks commonly known as monkeys, i.e. vodkas and other strong alcohols, often flavored, in small bottles that are already empty and left lying on the floor.
Krzysztof Brzozka, the former director of PARPA, said that he was particularly concerned about their high consumption, as their sales were not affected by the pandemic.