Regional drinking habits revealed

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People from the north of England are more likely to drink lager than southerners, whose preferred tipple is white wine, according to new research into the drinking habits of Brits.

More than 12,000 adults were asked how frequently they consumed different types of drinks in a poll by Opinium Research. It found white wine was the favourite alcohol across the country as a whole, with 83% saying they would drink it most frequently.

It was followed by red wine (67%) and lager (64%). The preferred spirit was vodka (55%) with whisky in second place (46%) and gin coming in last with 36% of the vote.

Regionally, lager was the favourite drink in the north west and north east (66%) while people in the Midlands were most likely to opt for beer and real ales (55%). In the south west, east and London, respondents said they drank white wine the most frequently.

Scots came only fourth in terms of whisky (46%) with drinkers in London topping the whisky league (52%). Two-thirds of women never drink whisky compared to just over a third for men.

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