Risky alcohol use continues to be common in Finland, even though the total alcohol consumption has been declining since 2007. Alcohol causes various social and health-related issues, such as health and financial problems, and problems in family or working life or other social life. According to the drinking habits survey, up to more than one million Finns have experienced harm related to intoxication during the previous year, including arguments, fights or accidents.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare produces and disseminates information on alcohol consumption and drinking habits as well as the social and health impacts of alcohol, and maintains alcohol-related statistics. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare is also responsible for conducting substance abuse testing for the needs of monitoring and health care.