Consumption of Spirits.
In his evidence before the Select Committee of the House of Commons which has been appointed to consider whether it is desirable that spirits should be kept m bond for a definite time before beiug allowed to pass into consumption, Sir Algernon West gave details an to the consumption of home-made spirits. In all previous statements of production a large quantity remained unaccounted for, but now we are (remarks the "Economist") shown what has been done with the whole output. Last year's production amounted to 40,900,000 gallons, that being an increase of fully 1,800.000 gallons upon the production of 1888, and it was disposed of thus :—Spirits consumed as a beverage at home, 27,800,000 gallons; spirits exported, 3,500,000 gallons ; spirits methylated, 1,500,000 gallons : spirits used for medicinal purposes, 1,000,000 gallons; .spirits added to stocks, 4,400,000 gallons ; allowance for natural waste, 2,500,00 gallons; total, 40,700,000 gallons. Of the spirits consumed as a beverage 16,800,000 gallons, were drunk m England, that being at the rate of 580 gallons per head of population ; m Scotland the consumption was 6,300,000 gallons, or fully l£ gallons per head ; and m Ireland, 4,700,000 gallons, or just about 1 gallon per head.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2524, 22 September 1890
Consumption of Spirits. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2524, 22 September 1890
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