Alcohol consumption in Ireland is at its lowest level in 30 years, according to Revenue Clearance figures.
Data shows that alcohol consumption decreased by 10.8% in the first half of 2021 (January-June), compared to the same period last year.
Beer and cider sales were the hardest hit, down 15% and 13%, mainly due to the fact that around 60% of beer sales and 45% of cider sales came from the Irish horeca .
However, figures show consumption was down across all categories, with wine consumption down 11.5% and spirits down 0.3%.
Patricia Callan, Director of Drinks Ireland, said: “While the decline in alcohol consumption has been accelerated by Covid-19, it should be noted that it is in line with the general downward trend in consumption in Ireland over the past 30 years. Average alcohol consumption in 2020 was 29.8% lower than the peak in 2001. Overall alcohol consumption fell 6.6% last year to its lowest level in 30 years .
The results confirm that alcohol consumption has decreased significantly as a result of Covid-19 and reveal that the first half of 2021 suffered a 14.1% drop compared to the same period in 2019, before the pandemic hit. .