Blog: Andy MortonDrugs blow for UK beer sales but wine still on a high

Andy Morton | 6 October 2014

Last week the UK's Office for National Statistics decided, for the first time, to include the money spent on illegal drugs in the country's national accounts. Intriguingly, it revealed that UK consumers spend more on heroin, cocaine, crack, cannabis, amphetamines and ecstasy than they do on beer.

Spirits were also outsold.

However, in a rare spot of good news for the struggling category, wine proved slightly more popular than illegal drugs - a sentence that must surely be put to good use in the industry's next marketing campaign. 



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