Research shows regional stereotypes do exist when it comes to what sort of booze people drink
If you were going to make a sweeping generalisation, you might say that Scots like a wee dram, Somerset goes for cider and Yorkshire, well, they like beer, right?
Whether it’s a matter of cultural identity or just plain old habit, a new government-funded survey published in the BMC Public Health Journal has revealed that those long-standing clichés about the favoured tipples of different regions are true.
Of the 11 regions surveyed, the south-west, central Scotland, the north-east, north-west and Yorkshire all had higher levels of alcohol sales per adult than the national average.
When it comes to beer, Yorkshire and the north-east topped the poll, with 46% of all alcohol consumed by residents being bitter or lager, while the West Country favoured cider (which accounted for 13% of all alcohol sales compared with the national average of 7-8%).
In Scotland, where total alcohol sales were 18% higher per head than the rest of the country, spirits accounted for 29% of all sales.
No big surprise, then?