Britons spend just under 2% of their disposable income on alcohol – a figure that has barely changed in 40 years. But they are spending more on trips to restaurants, cinemas and gyms, according to figures from Capital Economics, the City consultancy. Spending on tobacco has slumped to a little over 2%, compared to nearly 7% in 1963. The Sunday Telegraph 27/03/05 (Business) page 9

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