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MoneySaving Poll: How much do you spend on alcohol each year?

Former_MSE_Sam_MFormer_MSE_Sam_M Former MSE
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MSE Staff
Poll started 29 June 2015

How much do you spend on alcohol each year?

There’s lots of talk about overindulging in booze in the UK and the effects on your health, but what about your wealth?

Please add up all your drink spending, including in:
- Pubs/bars
- Supermarkets/off-licences for home consumption
- Restaurants as an accompaniment to food


If possible, look at bank statements for reference. If you’re unsure, try working out what you spend in a typical month then multiply by twelve, or in a typical week by 52.

How much do you spend?




Did you vote? Are you surprised at the results so far? Have your say below. To see the results from last time, click here.

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  • crowthagcrowthag Forumite
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    I'm surprised you didn't break this down into age groups as you normally do, would show whether it's youngsters or pensioners who spend the most!
    I spend between £1000 & £2000 pa and I'm 63 and male!
  • MurphybearMurphybear Forumite
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    I spent £2 last year on a bottle of beer to go into homemade Xmas puds. "Up to £100" is hardly a true reflection, especially when the cooking process probably drove the alcohol out:D
  • I don't think that the amount you spend equates to the amount you drink. I've voted £500-£1000pa but, if I were better off, this figure would double because I'd be drinking a far better quality of wine.
  • I see from the poll results that men buy far more drinks than women.

    Not entirely convinced they drink them all themselves however... :whistle:
    “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.

    Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

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  • Feral_MoonFeral_Moon Forumite
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    This is a senseless poll it has absolutely no correlation with the amount spent to the amount consumed.

    I could buy very expensive wine/champagne but maybe only drink one bottle per month, or I might be a cheap alcoholic that drinks several litres of cheap cider/wine per night yet spend less than the tasteful upper class choice. I've seen bottles sell for several thousand.

    Just what is the point of this survey? Far too many variables involved to provide any meaningful data.
  • MSE_MartinMSE_Martin MoneySaving Expert
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    Feral_Moon wrote: »
    This is a senseless poll it has absolutely no correlation with the amount spent to the amount consumed.

    I could buy very expensive wine/champagne but maybe only drink one bottle per month, or I might be a cheap alcoholic that drinks several litres of cheap cider/wine per night yet spend less than the tasteful upper class choice. I've seen bottles sell for several thousand.

    Just what is the point of this survey? Far too many variables involved to provide any meaningful data.

    You're quite right that this poll shouldn't be used as a proxy for how much people drink. If that's what we wanted to know we would've asked "How much do you drink?" What we wanted to know is "how much do you spend on alchohol?" - as we are a money site - so we have asked that and the results are interesting too.

    Once of my aims in doing it has already worked well - many people spend far more than they think and merely the exercise of answering is self-enlightening. I've already seen the facebook discussion on this many people saying just that. :)
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  • kathrynhakathrynha Forumite
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    Murphybear wrote: »
    I spent £2 last year on a bottle of beer to go into homemade Xmas puds. "Up to £100" is hardly a true reflection, especially when the cooking process probably drove the alcohol out:D



    Same here. I spent about £12, but drunk hardly any of it. 2 bottles of wine for presents, and one small bottle of aldi fruit cider that I drank over Christmas watered down with lemonade.
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  • XRATXRAT Forumite
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    Yes interesting results.., why is it that so many women spend less but can't afford a taxi home, apparently preferring to spend the night in the gutter?
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