New Revenue Clearance figures show that alcohol consumption in Ireland is at its lowest point in 30 years.
The figures were gathered between January and June 2021. Therefore, the fall of 10.8% compare to the same period of 2020 can be attributed to the close of hospitality settings during this period.
Manufacturer and supplier representative Drinks Ireland suggests that the decrease represents a long-term trend of declining consumption.
Beer and cider sales have been hit the hardest, down by 15% and 13% respectfully. According to the study, approximately 60% of beer sales, and 40% of cider sales take place in Irish pubs, restaurants and hotels.
There has been an 11.5% dip in sales of wine also.
Surprisingly, spirits have only seen a marginal decrease in sales of 0.3%.
Director of Drinks Ireland Patricia Callan said: “While the decline in alcohol consumption was accelerated by Covid-19, it should be noted that it is in line with the trend of consumption falling generally in Ireland over the past 30 years.”
“The average alcohol consumption in 2020 was 29.8% lower than the peak of 2001.”
“Overall, alcohol consumption declined by 6.6% to its lowest level in 30 years.”