Costs relating to alcohol abuse in Sweden are on the rise, according to research out this week. The increase is driven by a 30% rise in alcohol consumption over the last decade, an alcohol lobby group has said.

A report published by the Swedish Temperance Organisation claims that the country is now faced with an additional SEK50bn  (US$6.4bn) in costs related to alcohol consumption since 1998.

In a statement, the Organisation also said that deaths from alcohol-related incidents were set to rise from 6,000 to 7,500 a year.

The pressure group has warned that the Swedish government must reconsider any moves to cut taxes on alcohol in the country.

"Instead of lowering alcohol taxes, the government should work to lower the import alcohol quotas and thus reduce the border trade," the statement said.