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Two-thirds of alcohol sales are to heavy drinkers

Two-thirds of alcohol sales are to heavy drinkers

If all drinkers followed the recommended drinking guidelines, the alcohol industry would lose almost 40% of its revenue, an estimated £13 billion. This is one of the main findings of a new paper published in the journal Addiction.

The analysis, carried out by researchers at the Institute of Alcohol Studies and the University of Sheffield’s Alcohol Research Group, also shows that:

Drinkers consuming more than the government’s low-risk guideline of 14 units (around one and a half bottles of wine or six pints of beer) per week make up 25% of the population, but provide 68% of industry revenue.

The 4% of the population drinking at levels identified as ‘harmful’ (over 35 units a week for women, over 50 units a week for men) account for almost a quarter (23%) of alcohol sales revenue.

The results of the study appear to contradict industry rhetoric that moderate drinking is not a threat to their business model because they can encourage drinkers to ‘drink less, but drink better’, and trade up to more expensive beverages.

How much spirit is there in the European Parliament?

How much spirit is there in the European Parliament?

Today (1st March) the European plenary session voted on the Pilar Ayuso report on the definition, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks and protection of geographical indications.

The journey to Minimum Unit Price

The journey to Minimum Unit Price

Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) legislation in Sctoland took effect from 1st May 2018.