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Scots drink more than English and Welsh

New analysis of sales figures, conducted by Nielsen for the Scottish Government, show that Scots drink an average of 11.8 litres of pure alcohol per adult, per year compared with 9.9 litres in England and Wales (2007 figures).

Both north and south of the border, the figures remained stable from 2005 to 2007. Another similarity appeared in the split between on-trade and off-trade sales: In both areas off-sales accounted for around 60% of alcohol sold, increasing from 61% (Scotland) or 60% (England and Wales) to 63% (both) between 2005 and 2007.

However, there were some differences between the countries. In Scotland, spirits accounted for 29% of alcohol sold whereas this was only 18% in England and Wales, with higher proportions of wine and beer sold in these countries. Scots drink similar quantities of alcohol as wine and beer as those south of the border (4.4 litres of pure alcohol in beer in both areas, 3.0 litres (Scotland) vs. 2.8 litres (England and Wales) of pure alcohol in wine), but more alcohol as spirits (3.5 litres vs. 1.8 litres).

Detailed figures are available here.