New figures from the Revenue Commissioners show that alcohol consumption in Ireland fell again in 2012.
It continues the trend of falling consumption levels evident since 2001 according to a paper, commissioned by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI), released today.
Alcohol consumption in Ireland declined by 12.5% between 2007 and 2012, and has fallen by 19.1% since consumption levels peaked in 2001.
The current average consumption levels are at 11.681 litres of alcohol per adult per annum (lpa).
A decrease of 0.5% on last year’s figure of 11.743 lpa.
In 2001, the lpa was 14.44.
The Chairperson of DIGI and Diageo’s European Corporate Relations Director, Peter O’Brien said: "Weakness in the domestic economy and the continued pressure on discretionary income are clearly having a negative effect on the drinks sector.
"In addition there has been a substantial societal shift in many areas leading to reduced alcohol consumption, increasingly we are seeing people opting to dine out, and people are choosing to enjoy alcohol as an accompaniment to food.
Education initiatives, like the drinkaware.ie programme, have been responsible for promoting the responsible use of alcohol, while at the same time challenging anti-social drinking behaviours."
The paper, by Anthony Foley of Dublin City University Business School, used data from the CSO Population and Migration Estimates for April 2012 (September 2012) and the Revenue Commissioners’ alcohol clearances data (the 2012 figures were made available in March 2013).
The paper also includes a revision of previous consumption estimates based on the revised CSO population estimates.