Alcohol tenth

Every year in Switzerland, the cantons receive a share of the net profit from the taxation of spirits, i.e. the so-called alcohol tenth (10% of the profit goes to the cantons; 90% goes to the federal coffers). In 2019, CHF 24’789’959 went to the cantons in relation to their populations.

The cantons are obliged to use their share of the alcohol tenth to combat the causes and effects of alcoholism, as well as the abuse of addictive substances, narcotics and medications. After the money has been distributed to the umbrella organizations, these report to the Alcohol and Tobacco Division (A AT) about the use of the alcohol tenth.

These reports can be found on the corresponding page by clicking on the desired canton on the map of Switzerland.

Use by addiction type

Suchtform 2020_E

The use of the alcohol tenth by addiction type shows that she is reserved not only for preventing and addressing the problems arising from alcohol dependency, because alcohol is no more the most beneficiary from alcohol tenth with a rate of 35% (decrease of 5% in comparison with 2018). In terms of figures, it was just a little more than CHF 9 million in 2019. However, almost all cantons use some of the alcohol tenth for alcohol issues.

40% of the cantonal expenditure was for various substances in 2019.

In general, around 11% of the money goes to combating the causes and effects of the consumption of illegal substances, and around 6% goes to tobacco control. These percentages have not changed over the past eight years.

Use by action field

Handlungsfelder 2020_E

The cantons usually invest over 90% of the alcohol tenth in prevention, early detection and treatment. The shares that go to follow-up care, research, training and continuing professional development are generally around 10% (8% in the actual case).

Over the years, there has been great stability in its use in the areas of prevention, follow-up care and research. Early detection also remained stable at 19% relative to the previous year. In general, the allocation of funds depends largely on the strategy of the individual cantons.


Alcohol and tobacco division

Federal Customs Administration
Alcohol and tobacco division
Route de la Mandchourie 25
2800 Delémont

+41 58 462 65 00
+41 58 463 18 28

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