The move to spirits has seen the UK drink more alcohol in over 10 years
The UK may be drinking less volume of alcoholic beverages, but the move to gin, above all else, has seen an increase in the amount of alcohol being consumed according to Mark Meek, who is CEO of the IWSR.
Wine consumption in the UK dropped 2.2 million litres in 2016-2017 (the latest figures available) or 286,000 litres of pure alcohol. This number comes from the drop in still wines minus the rise in sparkling wines. But gin in particular gained by 794,430 litres or 317,772 litres pure alcohol.
The volumes of alcoholic beverages has appeared to be dropping, but the switch from lower alcohol beer and wine to spirits has seen an increase in total alcohol consumed.