Beer consumption down 2% in Ireland in 2019

Per-capita alcohol consumption decreased in Ireland in 2019. Sales receipts indicate a very small decline in alcohol purchases of 0.05%; however, when adjusted for changes in population, this represents a 2.13% decline in alcohol consumption year on year. Total beer sales saw the largest decrease of 2%, with cider down by 1.7%. Wine and spirit purchases increased by 1.4% and 0.7% respectively. Figures from Alcohol Action Ireland estimate that alcohol consumption in Ireland remains 68% higher than the global average.