The amount of alcohol Britons drink has fallen by almost a fifth over the past decade, but beer sales are increasing, according to research, according to the Manchester Evening News.
People drank an average of 7.76 litres of alcohol last year, slightly down on 2013, and over a litre and a half less than in 2004, said the British Beer & Pub Association.
Its annual study, based on HM Revenue and Customs tax returns, found that consumption has fallen in eight of the last 10 years.
Beer’s share of the market increased by 1 per cent to over 36 per cent last year, ahead of wine (33 per cent), spirits (21 per cent) and cider (8 per cent)
The association said two cuts in beer duty over the past two years and the scrapping of a so-called duty escalator had helped sales.