Alcohol clearances: Spirits produced and cleared in the United Kingdom (UK) 2002-2017

This statistic shows the total volume of potable spirits produced and the total volume of spirits cleared for consumption in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2002 to 2017. In 2017, approximately 5.8 million hectoliters of pure spirit was produced by UK distilleries. In comparison, 1.2 million hectoliters of pure spirits including imports were cleared for consumption in the UK in the same year.

Annual production and clearances of spirits in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2002 to 2017*

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Release date

November 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2002 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* Production figures show the total production of potable spirits by UK distilleries for the given year. This includes 'Head and Tail' data (the amount of unusuable or lower quality product), representing approximately 10% of the data.
** Total clearances include all spirits cleared for consumption in the UK, including imported spirits.The source also states: "Spirit-based RTD (Ready-to-drink) products were dutied at the same rate as spirits from 28.04.02, and details on spirit-based RTD clearances are included in the spirits clearances."

'Pure alcohol' = alcohol content
'Alcohol clearances' refers to the amount of alcohol/alcohol products released for consumption onto the UK market (including imported products and those produced or processed in the UK)

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