The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published a report into Britain’s eating and drinking habits, based on diaries collected by 16,965 people from 7,048 households. The Family Food - Expenditure and Food Survey 2003-2004 shows that in the decade to 2004, the amount spent on alcohol drunk at home increased by nearly 50% to £40bn a year – an increase of 9% from 2002-2003. The boom area for alcohol sales is spirits and alcopops, which are popular with young people. Sales are up almost 11%, with the average person drinking 0.3 pints of such drinks a week, compared with 0.25 pints two years ago. Lager and continental beers were the most popular drinks in 2003-2004 with 0.6 pints consumed each week by the over-14s, up 15.9% on 2002-2003. Wine consumption is also up, with people drinking 0.5 pints of wine a week, compared with 0.4 pints two years ago, a rise of 7.5%. The report, which covered a typical fortnight, also showed that eating out purchases of alcoholic drinks decrease by 5.5% compared to 2002-2003. A full copy of the report can be found at: