The world's beer markets are increasingly turning to wine, while the traditional non-beer drinking countries are consuming larger quantities of lagers and ales. Statistics released this week by NTC Publications, in World Drink Trends 2000, show that countries "traditionally associated with high levels of beer consumption [are] moving away from beer and consuming greater quantities of wine instead. The UK alone has seen an increase of 401.7% in wine consumption between 1970 and 1999."