New provisional data from Revenue shows that alcohol consumption fell by 4.7% between 2020 and 2021, according to Drinks Ireland.
There was an even more bigger fall of 9.6% between 2019 and 2021, showing the impact of COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions and closures on hospitality venues, according to Drinks Ireland, which also said that beer consumption fell by 18.3% between 2019 and 2021, cider consumption was down by 15.1% during this period, wine consumption was down by 13.1% between 2020 and 2021 and by 2.7% between 2019 and 2021, and spirits consumption rose marginally by 1.9% between 2019 and 2021.
Statement By Drinks Ireland Director
Drinks Ireland Patricia Callan stated, "This latest data shows the continued decline in alcohol consumption in Ireland, exacerbated by the pandemic. Alcohol consumption is now at its lowest level in 20 years, down by about 30% since the peak of 2001.
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"The industry has worked hard to continue to tackle alcohol misuse. The growing trend we see at home and in other established international markets is people choosing to drink quality over quantity, which we welcome and will continue to encourage."
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