Clean-living families spend less on cigarettes and alcohol and more on restaurants, according to sta
Households spent an average of £11.40 a week on drink, nicotine and narcotics in 2015/2016 – down 42 per cent from £19.50 in 2001/2002.
Plummeting numbers of smokers is likely to have caused the fall, said the Office of National Statistics.
In its latest Family Spending Survey, the ONS showed that the average family spent £4 a week on wine and £2.80 on cigarettes in 2015/2016.
Overall, typical households spent £528.90 a week in 2015/2016 – the same as the previous year.
However, these figures depended on income with the wealthiest 10 per cent of families spending £107.10 a week on restaurants and hotels – more than double the £44.50 spent by the poorest 10 per cent of families on necessities such as housing, fuel and power.
Households spent £11.40 on drink and drug in 2015/16 down 42 per cent from 2001/2002
Cultural activities also seemed to be the preserve of the richest as poorer families spent an average of 30p a week on cinema, theatre and museum trips, compared with £5.30 a week by those on higher salaries.
We did see some interesting shifts in the types of things people are spending their money on
Jo Bulman, ONS statistician
Jo Bulman, ONS statistician, said: “While overall household spending didn’t change much in real terms since the previous year, we did see some interesting shifts in the types of things people are spending their money on.”
The data showed families had been spending more on eating out.
In 2015/2016, UK households spent on average more than £45 a week on restaurants and hotels for the first time in five years.
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The wealthiest 10 per cent of families spend £107.10 a week on hotels and restaurants
Going to restaurants and cafes cost families around £17.30 a week, with takeaways costing an additional £4.70.
The detailed figures showed an average weekly spend of 10p on ice cream, 30p on confectionery and 80p on soft drinks.
The fall is likely to be inked to the plummeting number of smokers
Transport was the biggest costs for households over the year, averaging £72.70 a week or 14 per cent of spending. It was closely followed by housing – not including mortgage interest payments and council tax – and fuel and power, which averaged at £72.50 a week.
The report showed that households have still not fully recovered from the financial crisis, with family spending still below the levels seen before 2007.