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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Irish swapping the black stuff for red?

While it may not be the biggest threat to Guinness, wine is rapidly rising in popularity among Ireland's drinkers, according to new figures released by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland. Wine accounted for 19.3% of the €6.4bn alcohol market in 2004, up 14.3% from the previous year. Beer accounted for 53.3% Apparently, wine consumption has quadrupled since 1990, with seven million cases sold last year. Not sure how far it had to go, but alcohol consumption rose by 1% between 2003 and 2004, but has fallen by 3% per capita since 2000.