A reader writes:

Here are some more facts:

In the first half of the twentieth century per capita alcohol consumption in the UK fell rapidly, from around 11 litres per year in 1900 to around 4 litres after the Second World War. From the late 1950s to the end of the century alcohol consumption increased steadily, more than doubling overall from around four to ten litres per person per year.

And all without the interference from Prohibition!!!

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