Alcohol spending rises 21% over two decades

15 July, 2009

British people are buying 21% more alcohol than they were two decades ago, according to government figures.

In 1986-87, con

sumers purchased 9.53 litres of pure alcohol per adult Ė which works out at an average of 2.6 units every day.

In 2007-08, the most recent year for which statistics are available, Britons each bought an average of 11.53 litres of pure alcohol. That equates to 3.1 units a day.

Government guidelines recommend a maximum of three to four units a day for men and two to three units a day for women.

The 2007-8 figure is lower than the totals recorded between 2003-04 and 2005-06. In those years, alcohol purchasing stood at 11.7 litres, 11.78 litres and 11.54 litres respectively.

The data was produced by HM Revenue & Customs and quoted this week by the Department of Health in response to a Parliamentary question.

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