Wine is taking over from beer as the leading alcoholic drink in the UK and other western nations. In the past 30 years wine consumption has increased by 401% in this country and in the past 20 years beer production has declined by 13%. The report on World Drink Trends by NTC Publications shows spirits consumption has gone up 59.6% since 1970. The UK trend is part of a general one, also seen in Germany and Scandinavia, of countries usually associated with beer consumption switching to wine drinking. Worldwide beer production has increased with new consumers coming from Turkey, Paraguay, Portugal, South Africa and Brazil. China has become the world's largest producer of spirits and the second largest producer of beer, behind the US. {{DRINKS }}