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Gin, Non-Dairy Milk, and Other Hipster Staples Make Their Way to UK’s CPI Basket

The changes in the cost of living list are due to inflation in the UK

Ironically, hipsters are becoming more and more mainstream, and it’s even reflecting across the pond. This week, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in the United Kingdom added non-dairy milk, flavored cider, gin, and cycle helmets, among 16 newly added items, to the consumer prices basket.

Until now, gin has been off of the list for 13 years, Bloomberg reported. According to the ONS, the spirit which was once considered a “favorite of the middle-aged suburban couple … has become the staple of the younger drinker.”

Cycle helmets have also made a comeback after more than 10 years off the cost of living list.

The addition of non-dairy milks, including soy, rice, and oat, reflects the rise in popularity of veganism among “clean eating hipsters,” the ONS said.

The ONS also announced that it’s publishing a revised version of its CPIH measure, which will now include council tax and updated weights. The measure will become the group’s preferred measure of inflation.

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