UK consumption recoversThis article was originally published in Foodnews
TOTAL alcohol consumption per capita in the UK rose by 0.6% in 2010 to stand at 8.4 litres(of pure alcohol) per head, though beer consumption per capita fell 1.9%, according to data based on Revenue & Customs alcohol tax returns analysed by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). Spirits rose by 4%, and wine by 1.1%. The overall rise of 0.6% is a much better performance than in 2009, when per capita consumption fell by 6.1% to the 8.4 litres per head level from 8.9 litres in 2008. According to the BBPA, total alcohol consumption is nearly 12% lower than in 2004 when per head consumption reached a peak of 9.5 litres.