Alcohol spending up 1.2% to €6.36bn
on 22/08/2013 14:11:03
While many reined in their spending on things like clothing, transport and communication last year, people were less thrifty with booze.
Figures from the Central Statistics Office showed around €6.36bn was spent on alcohol - up 1.2% from the year before.
That accounted for around 7.7% of total personal expenditure of €82.63bn on goods and services.
While spending on alcohol, as calculated by the CSO at current market prices, increased each year from 2009, spending on tobacco was down in 2012.
It dropped by 2.4% from €2.2bn in 2011 to €2.14bn last year.