WINE has overtaken beer as the UK’s favourite alcoholic tipple, a survey suggests.
Eighty-one per cent of adults said they had drunk wine in the past year.
This compared to 71 per cent who enjoyed beer and spirits. The finding comes as the wine industry launches a campaign calling on Chancellor Sajid Javid to stop “penalising” its 33 million drinkers.
In the last decade, taxes on wine have risen by nearly 40 per cent. But they increased by only 16 per cent on beer and 27 per cent on spirits.
Market research firm YouGov surveyed more than 2,000 adults. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio were joint favourite wines, followed by Malbec, Shiraz and Prosecco.
In 2015, it reported that wine was the preferred drink for more 25 to 34-year-olds than ever before.
Wine writer and The Three Drinkers TV show presenter Helena Nicklin said: “These findings put to bed the outdated stereotype of wine as a preserve of the middle classes.
"They show clearly it’s the nation’s No1 alcoholic drink.”
The survey findings have been released today — dubbed “Wine Tax Freedom Day” as it falls 61 per cent of the way through the year.
That is the percentage of the £5 cost of a bottle of wine that is tax.
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