The following table shows yearly purchased amount by type of alcohol. Beer is the most popular. Low-malt alcohol which is called "second category beer" and Beer-like beverage (third category beer) are cheaper than traditional beer, because of low tax rate. So those are also common recently. It is the average figure from 2010 to 2012.
|Type of alcohol||Purchased amount (yen)||$||Euro|
|Low-malt, beer-like beverages||9049||90.49||65|
|Distilled spirit (Shochu)||6814||68.14||49|
Source is Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.