We're becoming a nation of smart drinkers.

The amount of alcohol we're consuming is going down (slightly) and the quality of what we're drinking is going up.

We're choosing to stay at home and clink drinks more than we used to as well, which is why there's never been a better time to sign up to a scheme that delivers a box of booze - specifically selected by experts - straight to your front door.

"Subscriptions to wine clubs are nothing new, although subscription boxes do seem to be more and more popular," says Christian McLarnon, Honest Grapes Premier Crew wine club manager. The reason? "Tailored advice, curated and customised deliveries that take the hassle out of decision making, door-to-door delivery and a range of bespoke products not found anywhere else."

"The benefits of a club," agrees Assean Sheikh, co-founder of subscription service Flavourly, "is that they do all of the work, including sourcing and tasting the best products, negotiating rates, pulling together great content around the product and delivering the whole package at your convenience."

And demand is certainly out there. As well as the more traditional wine clubs, you can now sign up for regular parcels of beer, cider, cocktails and spirits - business is booming for this burgeoning booze market.

1. Wine

Honest Grapes' Premier Crew wine club is completely free to join, and once you have, you'll receive a rather lovely Taste Lab Kit (think test tubes of fine wine and a notebook of questions).

From here, you input your info online for a 'taste profile' to help you select wine you'll love. And there's no commitment to spend every month - just keep your 'wine bank' regularly topped up and spend it whenever you choose.

Wine merchants Tanners offer flexible deliveries, so you can sign up to a case of 12 (six different bottles) from £90, and choose whether you'd like a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly delivery.

Laithwaites offers a similar service, with wines delivered from family-run wineries. Introductory cases are £47.88, with further deliveries costing from £74.99 (12 bottles) or £47.49 (six bottles).

Over at Le Petit Ballon, Jean-Michel Deluc - former sommelier at The Ritz - selects his favourite two wines each month, which you can glug or gift, from £24.90.

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2. Craft beer and cider

Gone are the days when reaching for a beer meant choosing between a bottle of Stella and a can of Fosters. There are new craft breweries and bars popping up everywhere, and the rise in ale subscription clubs is following suit.

There's Flavourly's beautifully-designed (and personalised) box of 10 beers for a bargain £20, and Honest Brew's dreamy dozen, from which you can set up a taste profile, with prices starting from £29.90.

The Best Of British Beer Club features a great selection from our home turf, complete with glass and beer mats, from £24 for six bottles, while Beer Bods have taken it one step further, delivering 12 beers every 12 weeks for £36, and gathering subscribers on Twitter for a Thursday night drink and beer chat.

Clubs like Crafty Nectar are also sourcing lip-smacking collections of cider from independent producers, from £28.50 for six bottles, and encouraging drinkers to interact on social media with their #Snapmycider hashtag.

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3. Spirits

Of course, when you don't fancy wine, beer or cider, there's always the spirits aisle. But for the discerning drinker, these clubs are a great place to get 'spiritual'.

Take the beautifully thought-out Craft Whisky Club, which includes a bottle to boast about, paired snacks and a glass, all packaged to perfection for £26.95 a month (delivered every two months).

Or for the gin-lover, Flavourly's Craft Gin Club features three 20cl bottles, with tonic, tasting notes and tipple ideas for £34.99 a month.

If you're more of a mixer, a cocktail club is the obvious answer. Tipple Box delivers an array of goodies to make two cocktails for two people, with various pricing options available, starting from £24 a month.

Similarly, Microbarbox offers a selection of cocktails (generally enough to make four or five drinks) for £29 per month. So if you fancy an impromptu cocktail party, you don't have to spend a fortune on a huge array of full-size spirits!

Whatever you're drinking, with all the options now available, there's never been a better time to join the club.

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