British drinkers are buying low alcohol wine in growing numbers, according to new figures from Mintel. An extra two million bottles of wine with ABV at 8.5% or lower were sold in the UK in 2011, with almost seven million bottles purchased. Among drinkers aged 54 to 65, one in five were interested in low-alcohol wine as a healthier alternative, while one in four 18 to 24 year olds also cited health reasons for choosing lower alcohol alternatives. However, one in three people surveyed said they preferred the taste of normal strength wine.