Spirit consumption in Norway is on the rise. Statistics Norway, the country's state statistics agency, yesterday released figures showing an increase in the amount of spirits drunk by Norwegians.

The registered consumption of spirits rose in the third quarter by 22.3% year-on-year, to 477,000 litres. Total spirit consumption for the nine-month period of January-September 2003 increased to 946,000 litres up by 14.6% year-on-year.

According to the statistics, each Norwegian citizen over the age of 14 consumed 4.36 litres of pure alcohol during the first nine months of this year, an increase of 3.8% on the same period last year.