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08 February, 2008

What proportion of families' spending goes on alcohol?

British families spend the same proportion of their household budget on alcohol as they did 50 years ago, according to a survey by the Office of National Statistics.

On average, UK households spend around £11 a week out of a budget of £456 on alcoholic drinks and tobacco. Alcohol makes up 3 per cent of the weekly family budget, while tobacco takes up just 1 per cent - a significant drop from 6 per cent 50 years ago.

In 1957 food and non-alcoholic drinks were the single biggest expense for households, taking up 33 per cent of the budget. In 2007 that had dropped to 15 per cent - but housing costs, including mortgage payments, had grown from 9 per cent to 19 per cent, making them the single biggest outgoing for today's families.




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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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