In 2012 the percentage of population aged 14 and over who consumed at least one alcoholic drink during the year was 66.6%. This rate is stable compared to the previous year, but it has been decreasing during the last 10 years.
From 2002 to 2012 the number of daily consumers has fallen (-24.6%), especially among women (-32,6%). The number of people consuming alcohol at least once outside mealtimes has been increasing (from 23.1% in 2002 to 26.9% in 2012) as well as the number of occasional consumers (from 35.8% in 2002 to 42.2% in 2012).
The types of alcoholic drinks consumed change: the number of people consuming wine and beer only has had a decrease, while the number of those who consume alcoholic aperitifs, digestive liqueurs, spirits or liqueurs is stable.
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