In Malta, over one-fifth of the population (21.1%) consumes alcohol on a weekly basis. Regular consumption is most common in the 30-59 age group at about 30%, while just under 25% of those aged 15-29 or 60-74 are regular consumers. [1]

Youth Drinking: In the 2003 ESPAD study of subjects aged 15 to 16 years old (total sample size 3500), the proportion of subjects who reported lifetime use of alcohol 40 times or more was 33.3%. The same study showed the proportion of subjects who reported binge drinking three times or more in the last 30 days was 24.2%. Binge drinking was defined as consuming five or more drinks in a row. [2]

The SDR per 100,000 people for chronic liver disease and cirrhosis was 4.08 in 2001 and 2.45 in 2002, although the occurrence of cirrhosis has been on a general decline since 1990.[3]

The number of alcohol-related road traffic accidents per 100,000 was .27 in 1997. [4]

[1] Licit and Illicit Drug Use in Malta PEG, from the General Population Survey (2001). National Commission for the Abuse of Drugs, Alcohol and Other Dependencies.

[2] Hibell B et al. The 2003 ESPAD Report. The European School Survey on Alcohol and Other Drugs: Alcohol and Other Drug Use among Students in 30 European Countries. Stockholm, Council of Europe, 2004.

[3] & [4] Census of Population and Housing 1995, Volume 5, Chapter 1.'95/volume5/chapter1.htm