The average UK household spends £744 on alcohol each year (down from over £900 pre-Covid), based on an average household size of 2.3 people—£484 for consumption at home and £260 on drinks out of the house. We've crunched the numbers from the latest Office of National Statistics Family Spending report to see how alcohol spending varies by age, where you live and household income, so you can see how your spending compares. We've also broken out UK spending by type of alcohol (e.g., spirits, wine, beer, etc.).
- How Much do We Spend on Alcohol?
- What Types of Alcohol do Brits Buy the Most?
How Much do Brits Spend on Alcohol?
Each week, the average English household spends £14.30 on alcoholic drinks. Over the course of a year, this adds up to £744 representing 3% of the typical UK household budget, and is nearly as much as we spend on meat and fish from grocery stores each year.
|UK Household Alcohol Spending||Weekly||Annually|
|Alcohol at Home||£9.3||£484|
Average Household Spending on Alcohol by Age
Not surprisingly, younger people spend more of their total alcohol budgets on drinks out of the house (56%) than at home (44%); the under-30 age group spends £9.9 per week on alcohol in total, or £515 per year.
The 50 to 64 year old age group spends the most on alcohol—£18.4 per week or £957 per year. As people age, they drink at home more often. Those aged 75 or older spend 75% of their alcohol budgets on drinks at home. Since the pandemic, all age groups are spending a larger proportion of their alcohol budgets on drinks for home consumption, as opposed to drinking out.
|Weekly Alcohol Spending by Age (years)||Alcohol at Home||Alcohol Out||Total|
|Less than 30||£4.4||£5.5||£9.9|
|30 to 49||£8.3||£4.7||£13.0|
|50 to 64||£12.0||£6.4||£18.4|
|65 to 74||£11.9||£5.2||£17.1|
|75 or Over||£6.7||£2.2||£8.9|
|Annual Alcohol Spending by Age (years)||Alcohol at Home||Alcohol Out||Total|
|Less than 30||£229||£286||£515|
|30 to 49||£432||£244||£676|
|50 to 64||£624||£333||£957|
|65 to 74||£619||£270||£889|
|75 or Over||£348||£114||£463|
Average Household Spending on Alcohol by Geography
Those in the North West spend more on alcohol than any other region in the UK—£17.0 per week. At the other end of the spectrum, but nearby, those in the North East spend £12.8 a week on alcohol. The region where people spend the most on drinking at home is the South East. Interestingly, now it's the North Westerners who spend the most on drinks out (this honour used to go to Londoners).
|Weekly Alcohol Spending by Region||Alcohol at Home||Alcohol Out||Total|
|Yorkshire and the||£10.3||£4.6||£14.9|
Average Household Spending on Alcohol by Income
Spending on alcohol rises drastically with income levels—households with the highest 10% of income spend nearly 4X as much on alcohol as the lowest 10%. Households with the lowest incomes (that is, less than £10,190 of disposable income per year) spend £7.60 a week or £395 a year on alcohol, with 75% spent on consumption at home. At the other end of the spectrum, the highest earning 10% of households (annual disposable income over £43,108) spend £27.5 on alcohol each week, or £1,430 each year—with more money spent on drinks out than drinks at home.
Interestingly, the lowest-earning households spend a touch more now compared to pre-pandemic (3% more), while the highest earning households are spending roughly 25% less on alcohol now.
|Weekly Alcohol Spending by Disposable Income Group||Alcohol at Home||Alcohol Out||Total|
|Lowest 10% (<£10,190 disp. income/yr)||£5.7||£1.9||£7.6|
|2nd Decile Group||£4.6||£1.8||£6.4|
|3rd Decile Group||£6.6||£2.5||£9.1|
|4th Decile Group||£7.1||£2.9||£10.0|
|5th Decile Group||£9.5||£3.1||£12.6|
|6th Decile Group||£10.6||£4.1||£14.7|
|7th Decile Group||£9.6||£5.8||£15.4|
|8th Decile Group||£10.7||£7.7||£18.4|
|9th Decile Group||£12.2||£8.7||£20.9|
|Highest 10% (>£43,108 disp. income/yr)||£16.3||£11.2||£27.5|
|Annual Alcohol Spending by Disposable Income Group||Alcohol at Home||Alcohol Out||Total|
|2nd Decile Group||£239||£94||£333|
|3rd Decile Group||£343||£130||£473|
|4th Decile Group||£369||£151||£520|
|5th Decile Group||£494||£161||£655|
|6th Decile Group||£551||£213||£764|
|7th Decile Group||£499||£302||£801|
|8th Decile Group||£556||£400||£957|
|9th Decile Group||£634||£452||£1,087|
Which Types of Alcohol do Brits Buy the Most?
Most of our spending on alcoholic drinks brought home goes to wine. Each year, the average UK household spends around £200 on wine, £114 on beer, £109 on spirits, £21 on cider and £31 on bubbly to drink at home. (Note, these numbers do not reflect money spent on drinks out of the house.)
|Alcoholic Drinks (Brought Home)|
|Spirits and liqueurs||£109|
|Wines, fortified wines||£234|
|Wine from grape or other fruit||£198|
|Champagne and sparkling wines||£31|
|Beer, lager, ciders and perry||£135|
|Beer and lager||£114|
|Ciders and perry||£21|
|Total Alcoholic Drinks Brought Home||£478|