Beer still top drink, but we're consuming less

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:59 PM ET

Beer is still the go-to booze for most Canadians, but the amount we're drinking has decreased slightly, new statistics show.

Beer sales dipped slightly in 2013 to $9.1 billion, Statistics Canada reported Thursday. That's down 0.1% from 2012.

The actual volume of beer sold also decreased from the previous year — for domestic, it went down 1.7%, while imported beer sales declined 3.8%.

In total, 2.3 billion litres of beer was sold — about 78 litres per Canadian — in 2013, the report says. That's down from 83.6 litres per capita in 2003.

Overall, $21.4 billion worth of alcoholic beverages were sold last year.

Wine sales were up 4.9% from 2012 to $6.8 billion in 2013 and all the provinces and territories saw an increase in sales.

Spirit sales were also up 2.9% to $5.4 billion, largely because Canadians bought more liqueurs, rum and vodka.


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