Lifetime Spending of Alcohol Consumers
A recent survey has found the average person in Britain spends £38,000 on beer alone, with the average Londoner spending double the amount.
The survey found:
- An average pint in Britain costs at least £3.61, while an average pint in London costs about £4.49 which results in a lifetime spending of £82,000 on beer for Londoners.
- Generally people in Britain spend £17.53 at one occasion on beer and go out 4 times a month, while Londoners spend £23.04 on beer alone and go out about twice a week to consume alcohol.
- Over 6 in 10 adults opted to consume beer when they went out.
- 61% of the people in Britain and 80% of Londoners accept they spend too much on beer when they go out.
Alcohol harm in the UK
The WHO reports total per capita alcohol consumption in the UK is at 11.4%, which is above the average of the WHO European region. Among British males alcohol use is especially high: they consume 21.8 litres of alcohol per capita per year. Consequently, 13% of men in the UK are suffering from alcohol use disorder.
Binge alcohol use is specifically high among youth users between 15 to 19 years with over half (52.4%) engaging in this harmful behavior.
Beer accounts for about a third of all alcohol consumed in the UK, according to the World Health Organization.
Annually alcohol causes,
- 5500+ deaths from liver cirrhosis,
- 700+ road traffic injury deaths, and
- 10,000+ cancer deaths.
Despite the heavy and obvious alcohol burden on society, government action in terms of alcohol prevention and control has been inadequate over the years. The country has sub-national alcohol policies and does not have strong alcohol advertising or sponsorship regulations.
As IOGT International recently reported, even taxation has been weakened with constant cuts to alcohol taxes leading to an increased number of alcohol deaths in the UK. It is high time the UK took comprehensive and concrete action to better prevent and significantly reduce the harm from alcohol in the country and safeguard people.