Even if some people can no longer hear or read the word “lockdown”, there are now and then amusing and interesting facts. So it was found that during the lockdown, people in Great Britain lost their appetite for beer. Instead, wine and spirits were preferred in pubs. This was also confirmed by the head of the association, Emma McClarkin: “The lockdowns and the closure of the pubs in 2020 meant that the British drank more wine and schnapps than in previous years, but less beer”.
According to an analysis by the British Beer and Pub Association, the British Beer and Pub Association’s alcohol consumption from both wine and schnapps rose to two percent. The consumption of beer, on the other hand, fell by four percentage points. According to the information, beer sales overall fell by almost 15 percent last year.
According to the association’s data, this means that for the first time in Great Britain more pure alcohol was consumed through wine and spirits than through beer last year. This is of course bad news for the brewers and pubs, because beer is the main thing in the bars. Of ten beverages sold there, seven are beer, according to the association’s announcement. The brewers could not make up for the lost business at the taps during the pandemic in the supermarket.
The stakeholders are by no means all about the money. It is also about health, because beer is only 4.2 percent alcohol “ideal for moderate consumption,” says McClarkin. Whether the pub-goers, who have been able to get unrestricted beer in pubs again since the summer, actually consume less alcohol, seems at least questionable.
The UK Treasury announced a few weeks ago that it would lower the tax on beer and increase the tax on alcohol. In any case, the association sees itself confirmed in its argumentation by this announcement. However, it is uncertain whether this will stop the decline of pub and beer culture in Britain. The share of wine in British alcohol consumption has been rising steadily since the 1970s, while that of beer has been falling for decades. The same goes for the pubs. Even before the pandemic, there was often talk of a pub dying. The lockdowns have accelerated this development.