CSO figures show alcohol consumption down 7.6% in past year

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

ABFI – “Time for solutions based on evidence not spin”

st April 2014 - As new CSO figures released yesterday show that alcohol consumption in Ireland has continued to decline, the head of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) has called for all stakeholders to participate in an evidence-based approach to address misuse.

“Alcohol consumption has declined year on year since 2001. We are now consuming 25% less alcohol than we did 13 years ago.

“This issue is not how much we drink, but how we drink; and the industry wants to work with all of the relevant stakeholders to deliver an evidence-based approach to alcohol misuse.

“This Alcohol Awareness Week, we are calling on government, educators and health stakeholders to be brave, to allow industry be part of the solution.

“The 100,000 people employed by the drinks industry do not want to see alcohol misused. We want to be part of the solution. The time for evidence-based approach to misuse is now.”


For more information contact:
Ruth O’Byrnes 086 055 8331
Colin Taylor 0833477014

Average per adult alcohol consumption 2012 and 2013

2012 2013 % change 2012/2013
Million litres of pure alcohol (MPLA), Total consumption 41.703160 38.472436 -7.7
Population aged 15 and over, millions 3.5906 3.5854 -0.1
Litres of pure alcohol per adult (LPA) 11.615 10.730 -7.6
Beer (MLPA) 19.282539 18.089538 -6.2
Cider (MPLA) 3.188155 3.106897 -2.5
Spirits (MPLA) 8.261387 7.281334 -11.9
Wine (MPLA) 10.971079 9.994667 -8.9

Sources. CSO Population and Migration Estimates Sept 2013, Revenue Commissioners’ Clearances data March 2014.