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The price has been derived by dividing the price in local currency by the GDP per capita in local currency.
The aim of the relative price is to show how cheap or expensive alcoholic beverages are for the people living in the country. For an easier overview, all the figures were multiplied by 10 000.
For example, in Argentina, beer is fairly expensive - relative price 3.17 - while wine is quite cheap - 1.52. In general, the relative price seems closely related to economic development.
For beer, for example, among the 25 countries with the lowest beer prices, all the developed countries of Western Europe, North America, Oceania and Japan, are found.
In Eastern Europe, beer in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia appears to be fairly inexpensive, as demonstrated by the fact that these countries also fall within the same group.
For wine one can find Argentina, Chile, Italy, Portugal, and Uruguay, big wine-producing countries, and more surprisingly Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius, and Republic of Korea, among the cheapest 25 countries. For spirits, there are two African countries - Gambia and Mauritius, at the cheaper end of the scale.