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Thursday 19 October 2017

We drink the least amount of wine in EU

IRISH people drink less wine than any other country in Europe.

Few would have considered us connoisseurs of fine wine, but new figures showing we drink less than other EU nations will come as a surprise.

An annual industry review by the Irish Wine Association has revealed that Irish adults consume 17 litres of wine per head of population a year, compared with Denmark's 30.

But despite the fact that wine consumption in Ireland lags behind the rest of Europe, it is still a growing market.

Wine had a 26.1pc share of the alcoholic beverage market in 2012, compared to 13.2pc in 2000. The percentage of women choosing wine was higher than that of men; however, a larger proportion of men were drinking wine among 18- to 24-year-olds.

The association has called for a cut in excise duty on wine and said that about half of the price of a bottle goes to the exchequer.

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