MORE people are drinking wine in the Irish Republic according to the latest figures from the Wine Development Board of Ireland.

The Board reported growth in the country's wine market the first four months of 2002, with women driving up sales, consuming 57 per cent of all wine sold in Ireland. The figures also show that wine consumption there is spread evenly across the adult age-range and socio-economic groupings.

Wine now accounts for over 13 per cent of alcohol sales in Ireland. The recent increase is in marked contrast to ...

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