Alcohol statistics

How much can you save if you stay off the booze?

If there’s anything the UK is famous for, it’s pubs. With 37,845 pubs scattered across the kingdom, you rarely have to go far to find one. We sure are missing them during the lockdown and a beer garden has never felt further away.

But looking on the bright side, there are a few positive effects. Drinking less is beneficial to both our health status and wallet. How much are we not spending by avoiding the old watering hole after work hours? Use Finder’s calculator below to see how much you’re saving.

Quick facts

  • 52% of Brits say they usually go to the pub at least once per fortnight and 9% of those visit weekly.
  • Skipping 3 pints, £5 each, in the pub per week may save you £60 per month.
  • The city with the most pubs per person is York, where you can find 190 pubs. With “only” 161,875 citizens, you can count on getting a chair as there are 852 people per pub.
  • London is a great city to be thirsty in as well, as there are 3,700 pubs around. It might be crowded though, as there are 2,364 people per pub.
  • Preston has the lowest average price for a beer, where you can get one for £3.06. The highest average price is in London, as it will set you back £5.18.
  • 65% of Brits say they drink alcohol.
  • The average Brit drinks an equivalent of 4 pints a week, meaning they could save £62 a month, £809 a year and £8,091 a decade if they stop consuming alcohol.

Calculate your liquidity

How much could you save by avoiding alcohol?

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Use the calculator above to see how much you’ll save.

If you quit drinking, you’ll save…

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If you invested a year of savings into a high interest savings account with 1% interest compounded monthly…

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If you invested a year of savings into a 20-year target fund at 5% interest…

At the end of 20 years, you’ll have: £{{ yearly * Math.pow(1.05, 20) | number:2}}

Now you know how much you’re saving by not drinking (or not visiting the pub, anyway), you can squirrel it away for a rainy day, or to pay for the mother of all parties when the time comes, in a great savings account or ISA.

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