Tiers for Beers

A popular statistic overstates the case for deferred pub drinking.

The financial organisation Company Debt claimed:

Every adult in the UK will have to order 124 pints of beer this year to bring pubs back to their pre-COVID levels.

Headlines repeated that number, in the Daily Mirror, Metro, Evening Standard, and elsewhere.

As a whole, the food and accommodation services industry fell by around 43% from 2019 to 2020. The impact of the pandemic remains stark: