The price of alcoholic drinks varied greatly across the European Union, the agency notes. Price levels were more than two and a half times as high in the most expensive member state (Finland) compared with Hungary.

Compared with the EU average price level index of 100, data show that the price level index of spirits, wine, and beer reached only 73 in Hungary. The second-lowest price level was registered in Romania (74), followed by Bulgaria (81).

At the other end of the spectrum, the price level index stood at 193 in Finland. The second most expensive country in terms of alcohol price was Ireland (181), followed by Sweden (166).