Brits drinking so much gin that ONS begins including it in the 'typical weekly shop'

British people are drinking so much gin that the official statistics body has begun including the spirit in a typical “basket of a goods” that it uses to calculate inflation.

The spirit, long considered unfashionable and the preserve of the elderly, has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years with the growth of independent gin distilleries.

The Office for National Statistics, which has not included the price of gin in inflation calculations for 13 years, says it is now reintroducing it this year in light of increased expenditure on the juniper-flavoured tipple.

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