No cheer for the brewersAustralians are drinking less beer and more wine but overall our alcohol consumption is falling, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says.
Spokeswoman for the ABS, Louise Gates said that beer consumption was at its lowest level for 66 years.
“Even so, that means that there are still 4.1 litres of pure alcohol available from beer for every person in Australia aged 15 years and over."
She said that while Australians were consuming less beer per person - a downwards trend that started in the 1970s - there had been an increase in wine consumption.
"In terms of pure alcohol available for consumption, beer was down 2.3 per cent in 2011-12 (compared with the previous year) while wine rose 1.9 per cent. Ready-to-drink beverages have also seen a drop and were down by 2.5 per cent, while spirits have seen the largest fall, down by a full four per cent,” Ms Gates said.
"But the overall picture is that consumption of alcohol in Australia has fallen for a second year in a row; 2011-12 saw us drink 1.4 million litres less than we did in 2010-11 and 2.7 million litres less than in 2009-10."
For further information visit Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2011-12
Edition 380, 24 September 2013