Amount Britons drink on decline

New figures show drop in UK alcohol consumption, contradicting binge-drinking fears

THE AMOUNT OF alcohol we consume in Britain has dropped, according to industry figures.

The news appears to contradict current fears about a binge-drinking Britain with a 3.3% year-on-year drop in 2006 – a record for the past 15 years.

The figures revealed by the British Beer and Pub Association relate to total alcohol consumption in pubs, clubs and restaurants, as well as at home.

Last year an average of 8.9 litres of alcohol per person were consumed, compared with 9.4 litres in 2004.

The most popular tipple was beer, which almost half (43%) of the country consumed, with 29% drinking wine and 20% spirits.

‘Although it is too early to say if this is a long-term trend, these are certainly very interesting figures in view of the intense public debate in recent months about Britain’s drinking habits,’ said Mark Hastings, BBPA’s director of communications.

The current figures follow news last week that Belfast is the ‘most alcoholic city’ in the UK. The average man from the Northern Irish city spends a total of £40,939 in his lifetime on booze.

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