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Beer consumption in pints per head in the United Kingdom (UK) 2002-2017

Pints of beer consumed per head in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2002 to 2017

by Nils-Gerrit Wunsch, last edited Sep 26, 2019
Beer consumption in pints per head in the United Kingdom (UK) 2002-2017 The United Kingdom has held a long-standing beer culture, surrounded by the publics love of frequenting pubs and other drinking establishments, but how much exactly does the average UK citizen drink per year? As of 2017, the average person in the UK consumed 122 pints of beer per year. In fact, this was an increase of five pints per person from 2016, and the highest volume seen since 2009. However, consumption is still vastly lower than in 2003 when 165 pints were consumed per person.

Paying for a pint

In 2017, a pint of lager in a Pub cost on average 3.54 British pounds and a pint of bitter 3,06 pounds. Off-trade, beer was sold for 1.43 pounds per pint in London and 1.19 pounds per pint in the North East in 2017. Prices have generally risen in pubs in recent years and are higher in urban areas.

Beer consumption

Since the year 2000, sales have shifted from on-trade to off-trade. Off-trade includes sales by retailers such as supermarkets and discounters. On-trade includes sales in outlets such as pubs, bars and restaurants. In 2017, 53.1 percent of beer sales where made off-trade. In the year 2000 it was less than a third of sales. Together with the decline in total consumption during the early 2000s this means that consumption of beer in pubs has declined drastically.
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Pints of beer consumed per head in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2002 to 2017

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