Recently the charity Macmillan Cancer Support noted that the average Briton spends around £50,000 on alcohol products within their lifetime. The alcohol facts were conducted by Onepoll and included the surveying of 2,000 over-18s, who’s averages were in the hundreds per year. The average spent by women in Britain was an average of around £678.60 per year, compared with the average for men, which was around £934.44.

With the discovery of this spending information, we wondered what other interesting facts there were based around alcoholic products. We found out several interesting points you might be interested in:

One such fact is that the longest bar in the world is 684 feet (roughly 208.5 metres) long, and exists within the New Bulldog in Rock Island in Illinois. Such a bar is surely able to serve a number of patrons, and house quite a few bartenders too! You may also be interested to know that on average it takes 600 grapes to make a bottle of wine, and that a 34 minute run would be needed to burn off the calories in half a bottle of 13% red wine. Other alcohol

Alcohol Facts - Britons spend on average £50,000 on alcohol in their lifetime
Britons spend on average £50,000 on alcohol in their lifetime

facts you might find interesting include:

• Men have a higher total average water content than women, allowing them to dilute alcohol better. This means that women are often more sensitive to the effects of alcohol (this obviously varies based on the volume drunk by both the males and females).

  • The word “toast”, meaning a wish of good health, started in ancient Rome, where they dropped toasted breadcrumbs into bad wines to reduce the acidity and make them nicer to drink.

• In Utah, it is illegal to swallow any wine at a wine tasting.

• French wine makers used oil-soaked rags stuffed into the necks of bottles instead of corks until around about mid-17th century.

• One of the strongest beers in the world is a German beer by the name of ‘Schorschbrau Schorsch Bock 43’ and was created by Georg Tscheuscher. The beer supposedly has a 43% ABV.

Hospitality industry employee Stephen Barrett said ‘these alcohol facts published by Macmillan Cancer Support show that many may be drinking excessive, but the majority of the public drink with moderation and know how to enjoy it without going too far’.

We hope you found these facts interesting, these are just some of the more interesting ones we’ve found – there are plenty more out there to be uncovered and would love you to let us know!

Currently, the law on food and drink allows supermarkets to sell food and drink with a 0% VAT rate, which naturally has a positive effect on those of us purchasing the goods, as well as on the supermarkets themselves. However, the same rules do not apply within pubs and restaurants, as they have to deal with the 20% tax rate. Pubs across the UK organised a Tax Equality Day on the 24th of September, whereby many operators sold their drinks with a reduced price of 7.5% to demonstrate the positive effect a drop in the VAT charged would have on the hospitality industry.

Taking part in the Tax Equality Day were a range of different pubs and restaurants, including the well-known and widespread British pub chain J D Wetherspoon. The chain, widely known as ‘Spoons, is a leading organisation within the attempt to raise awareness for the tax equality issue with over 900 pubs across the country giving it a great measure of leverage.

An example of a JD Wetherspoon pub advertising Tax Equality Day.
An example of a JD Wetherspoon pub advertising Tax Equality Day.

The campaign follows on from last year’s Tax Parity Day, which had a huge success with around 15,000 pubs and restaurants taking part, which overall helped to boost sales within these establishments by up to 20% in some cases. This helps to outline the possible advantages to business that a lower tax rate might help to bring for these food and drink establishments. Campaigners for the cut in VAT wish the VAT for pubs and restaurants to be cut down to 5% instead of the current 20%, their argument being that in these circumstances there would be more job opportunities and chance for an economic growth.

Amar Hall‘s Lee Slater said ‘The gorge in VAT rates between supermarkets and the hospitality industry is resulting in lost establishments and loss of jobs. The government needs to realise that the economy makes jobs and with a reduced VAT rate, cheaper prices will drive the economy forward.’

What are your thoughts on the Tax Equality Day campaign? Do you think it will work and lead to the Government lowering the tax or will this have no effect at all?

Amar Hall layout of the Mobile Bars
Mobile Bars brought into Amar Hall to give a great cocktail making experience.

On Friday the 19th of September 2014, the Mayor of Dartford Councillor Avtar Sandhu MBE. held yet another of the many planned charity events whereby he endeavours to raise funding for his partnership of thirty-one local groups and charities. The event – a cocktail masterclass – in total raised £620 with the help of the approximately 40 participants, all of which were reportedly enjoying the sell-out experience. One of said participants, Ellen Mote, has informed us of her opinion of the event by telling us: “My first cocktail masterclass was informative, creative and above all fantastic fun!  It was great to enjoy an extremely well organised evening, courtesy of Mobile Bar Hire Ltd, with family and friends whilst supporting the Mayor of Dartford who is working relentlessly throughout his current term in office in order to raise much needed funds within the local community”.


Cllr. Avtar Sandhu MBE and the fundraisers with their cocktail shakers at the masterclass in Dartford Kent.
Cllr. Avtar Sandhu MBE and the fundraisers with their cocktail shakers at the masterclass in Dartford Kent.
Cocktail being made under the watchful eye of the mixologist.

The charity function was sponsored by local businesses Amar Hall and Mobile Bar Hire, who were more than happy to help the smooth continuation of the event by providing their services and products for the purpose of helping out the Mayor’s charities. The local businesses are very active partners of the Mayor’s charities, and often donate their time and resources towards ensuring the success of these events.

On the night, the Mayor of Dartford spoke with all the function’s guests, thanking them for their participation in the charity function and wishing that they had the best of nights.


The Mayor of Dartford was especially pleased at the arrival of the Mayor of Sevenoaks, as this continues to build upon his wishes and belief that working alongside neighbouring authorities can only lead to good things. The night consisted of Mobile Bar Hire’s head of mixology demonstrating the creation of cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan and the Strawberry Daiquiri, as well as the Mayor’s Passion – the latter being named especially for the event. He later asked the participants of the event to recreate their own cocktails, which they continued to happily consume.

The Mayor has asked us to once again convey his thanks to all participating members of the event, and wishes that they enjoyed themselves as much as they appeared to.