Alcohol consumption falls by 18% in a decade

By James Wallin, M&C Report

- Last updated on GMT

Despite the fact total alcohol consumption fell, beer's share of the market rose by 1%
Despite the fact total alcohol consumption fell, beer's share of the market rose by 1%

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The latest figures show alcohol consumption fell again in 2014 – for the eighth year in the past 10 – while beer increased its share of the market.

The figures compiled by the British Beer & Pub Association from HMRC data shows total alcohol consumption down 0.3% in 2014 with consumption per head now 18.4% lower than it was in 2004.

However beer’s share of the market rose in 2014, by 1%, to over 36% – with second-placed wine slipping below 33%. Spirits share of the market held steady, at 21%, with cider at 8%.

Beer brought in £3.36bn in beer duties in 2014, up 1.8% compared with the previous year.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “While the figures certainly bury the myth that overall UK alcohol consumption is inexorably rising, it is hugely encouraging to see such a solid performance from beer in 2014.

“There is no doubt that two cuts in beer duty have had a huge impact in supporting a British-based industry and in encouraging consumers back towards our favourite, lower-strength drink .

“With new investment in the beer category protecting pubs and creating jobs, it all adds to an overwhelming case for a third, historic cut in beer duty in the Budget on 18 March.”

Year

Litres of alcohol per head per year

Change on previous year

1998

7.95

 

1999

8.32

4.6%

2000

8.42

1.3%

2001

8.74

3.8%

2002

9.07

3.8%

2003

9.21

1.5%

2004

9.51

3.3%

2005

9.35

-1.7%

2006

9.04

-3.3%

2007

9.16

1.3%

2008

8.88

-3.1%

2009

8.34

-6.1%

2010

8.36

0.2%

2011

8.16

-2.4%

2012

7.92

-2.9%

2013

7.78

-1.8%

2014

7.76

-0.3%

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