Expenditure on beer in the United Kingdom 2005-2018

In 2018, consumers spent 5.6 billion British pounds on beer in the United Kingdom (UK). This is the highest consumer spending recorded in the past thirteen years and the second time spending surpassed five billion pounds. Spending has generally grown since 2010. In the years prior it had seen fluctuations without a clear trend.

Alcohol consumption

Beer remains the most popular choice when drinking alcohol in the UK. Over a third of all alcohol consumed is beer. It is closely followed by wine consumption with slightly less than a third of alcoholic drinks consumed. In 2017, beer consumption saw a notable uptick for the first time since 2003. In the past seven years consumption had stagnated after it fell from a high of 93.9 liters per head in 2003.

Where beer is bought

The place where people consume beer is changing. Today people are less likely to buy beer in bars, restaurants, and pubs and instead more frequently purchase other alcoholic drinks like wine. Consequently, the share of off-trade sales has been growing. In 2017, 53.1 percent of all beer sales happened off-trade. This constitutes an increase of over 20 percent in since the start of the millennium. Beer is most commonly consumed at home, with sinking off-trade sales it is likely that more beer will be consumed at home.

Consumer spending on beer in the United Kingdom from 2005 to 2018 (in million GBP)*

Expenditure in million GBP
20185,631
20175,091
20164,640
20154,571
20144,573
20134,435
20124,188
20114,119
20103,994
20094,142
20083,677
20073,802
20063,976
20053,714
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Source

Release date

March 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2005 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Household final consumption expenditure. Figures based on current prices and are seasonally adjusted.

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