Al­co­hol lev­els edged up due to crafty pint

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS -

THE av­er­age pint of beer has got stronger ev­ery year for the past four years, a study has found.

The change is down to the trend for craft beers, which can have up to 2.5 per cent more al­co­hol.

Strengths are still lower over­all than 15 years ago, when brew­ers began to cut al­co­hol to re­duce tax costs.

The av­er­age pint is now 4.21 per cent by vol­ume, down from 4.57 in 2000.

But Dr James Ni­cholls, of Al­co­hol Con­cern, warned: “One in four new beers in 2014 were above 6.5.”

At around 3.5 units a pint, stronger beers use up more of our rec­om­mended al­co­hol units – 1.2 more units than at four per cent.

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