Alcohol consumption

New income data reveals drop in alcohol consumption in Ireland

New earnings data has revealed a drop in alcohol consumption in Ireland.


A statement announcing the news said: “New data from the tax commissioners shows that alcohol consumption in Ireland has fallen again, with sales of beer and cider particularly affected by the lockdown and ongoing restrictions in the pubs, restaurants and bars, in cities and towns across All alcohol categories have seen sales fall since before the pandemic, with total sales falling by more than 10% in the past two years.

“The data shows that for the first nine months of 2021, compared to the same period in 2020;

  • “Beer sales are down 3.6%
  • “Spirits sales are up 0.4%
  • “Wine sales are down 13.0%
  • “Cider sales are down 11.8%
  • “Total alcohol sales are down 6.4%

“The comparison between the first nine months of 2021 and the same period in 2019, before the pandemic hit, is even more striking;

  • “Beer sales are down 17.8%
  • “Spirits sales are down 0.8%
  • “Wine sales are down 1.4%
  • “Cider sales are down 20.3%
  • “Total alcohol sales are down 10.4%.”

Statement from the Director of Drinks Ireland

Drinks Ireland director Patricia Callan said: “These data show that the long-term trend of declining alcohol consumption is continuing, but this decline has been exacerbated by the pandemic and the lockdown and restrictions in hospitality industry course. Having endured the strictest confinement in Europe, it is hardly surprising to see this spectacular fall. The fall is even more dramatic against the backdrop of alarmist and erroneous claims at various times over the past two years that alcohol consumption was increasing or even skyrocketing – it simply wasn’t.

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