Alcohol consumption drops to lowest this century

By Michelle Perrett

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BBPA reveals that alcohol consumption has dropped
BBPA reveals that alcohol consumption has dropped
Alcohol consumption in the UK during 2012 fell to the lowest level this century, the British Beer & Pub Association’s (BBPA) Statistical Handbook 2013 has shown.

There was a 3.3% fall in UK consumption per head in 2012. Whilst alcohol consumption was falling, there was still 165 new breweries in 2012 bringing the total number to 1,113 by the end of the year. 

The handbook also revealed that the average price of draught lager was £3.30 in 2013 while draught bitter was £2.87

However, despite the 2013 beer duty cut, the handbook shows that duty has risen by 61% since 2000.

Other key facts about Britain’s drinking to emerge in the new handbook:

  • Drunkeness offences fell 12 per cent in England and Wales during 2012
  • Cask ale continued to increase its market share, despite a small fall (- 1.1%) in overall volume.
  • Beer is the only category with majority of sales made through the on-trade.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive, said: “The continuing fall in alcohol consumption challenges the inaccurate perception that Britain has a general issue with alcohol. There are specific problems, which require targeted solutions in partnership with the industry.

"It is positive for the nation that there is a continued increase in the numbers of breweries. At the same time, despite the cut in beer duty, Britain’s consumers are still subject to the second highest tax rates for beer in the European Union – holding back growth for the wider sector."

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