Britain has always been known as a nation that desires a tipple. But the latest Office for National Statistics lifestyle overlook indicates this may be coming to an end.
The 2016 canvas of practically 8,000 Britons determined time under 60% had had a drink in the past few weeks – the lowest rate since the survey started in 2005.
Of those who had not had a drink, half were teetotallers.
Are beings genuinely cutting back?
One of the problems with the ONS survey is that it is based on people’s own impressions – and it is well known that we are terrible for underestimating our boozing.
But there is evidence to be found elsewhere that the fall in alcohol consumption is real.