Beer sales down, wine up as Canadians buy booze totaling $21.4 billion

Statistics Canada is out with some not-so-sober numbers about Canada’s spending on alcohol.

The service says Canadians spent $21.4 billion dollars on booze from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.  They say it is an increase of 2.2% compared to the year before.

Beer accounted for $9.1 billion of all alcohol sales, with the volume sold coming in at 2.3 billion litres over those 12 months.

That’s enough for every person in the nation to drink 78 litres of the brew – the equivalent of nine and a half two-fours.

But that is less beer sold per Canadian than a decade ago.  In 2003, beer accounted for half of all alcohol sales, but the most recent figures have been being responsible for 43% of sales.  Over that same period of time, wine went from 24% to 32% of all alcohol sales.

Total volume of wine sold across Canada was 506.6 million litres which is enough for 17 and a half bottles per person.  In all, Canadians spent $6.8 billion on wines.

StatsCan says that rum, vodka and liqueurs led the way for an increase in sales of spirits.  Hard liquor sales were up 2.7% overall with a total dollar value of $5.4 billion.

— Garth Hilderman

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