4307.0.55.001 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
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Beer

Consumption of pure alcohol

74.6 million litres of pure alcohol in beer was available for consumption in Australia, this was an increase of 2.5% on the previous year (72.8 million litres).

Per capita consumption

An average of 3.71 litres of alcohol from beer was consumed by Australians aged 15 years and over.

  • This was a 0.8% increase in beer consumption on the previous year (3.68 litres).
  • This was 20.9% less than in 2007-08 and 60.0% less than the 1974-75 peak when 9.22 litres were consumed.

Adjusting for the population who consume beer in a typical week, consumption increases to 10.70 litres, equivalent to 2.35 standard drinks per beer drinker per day.

Strength

Full strength beer made up 79.7% of all pure alcohol in beer available for consumption.
  • Mid strength beer accounted for 17.4% and low strength beer 2.9% of all pure alcohol in beer.
  • Over the last five years, the share of alcohol from beer that was mid strength increased from 15.1% to 17.4%, as alcohol from full strength varieties declined.


TABLE 2: Beer, pure alcohol available for consumption

Year ended 30 JuneLow strength(a)Mid strength(a)Full strength(a)Total

Volume of pure alcohol ('000 litres)

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017

2018
2 710
2 418
1 996
1 856
1 672

2 165
10 769
11 453
11 165
12 236
12 783

13 000
61 638
61 992
58 941
61 279
58 323

59 439
75 116
75 862
72 102
75 371
72 778

74 604

Per capita consumption of pure alcohol(b) (litres)

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017

2018
0.15
0.13
0.10
0.10
0.08

0.11
0.58
0.61
0.58
0.63
0.65

0.65
r3.32
3.28
3.07
3.15
2.95

2.96
4.04
4.01
3.76
3.87
3.68

3.71

r revised (see paragraph 8 of the Explanatory Notes).
(a) See paragraph 19 of the Explanatory Notes for definitions of low, mid and full strength beer.
(b) Litres per person aged 15 years and over.



Volume consumed

1,761.0 million litres of beer was available for consumption.
  • This was a 6.0% increase on the previous year (1,661.5 million litres).
  • On a per capita basis, 87.56 litres were consumed per person aged 15 years and over, equivalent to 233 stubbies (375ml).
  • Full strength beer continues to be most commonly consumed, representing 73.6% of the volume of beer consumed.

Over the last 10 years the share of beer consumption by strength has shifted with:
  • Mid strength beer increasing from 15% to 21%,
  • Full strength beer declining from 76% to 74%, and
  • Low strength beer halved from 10% to 5%.


TABLE 3: Beer, Volume available for consumption

Year ended 30 JuneLow strength(a)Mid strength(a)Full strength(a)Total

Volume ('000 litres)

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017

2018
102 655
93 366
75 861
70 628
69 693

88 693
307 815
328 885
319 046
349 746
369 978

377 058
1 319 621
1 324 729
1 265 599
1 322 014
1 221 860

1 295 276
1 730 091
1 746 979
1 660 505
1 742 389
1 661 531

1 761 027

Per capita consumption(b) (litres)

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017

2018
5.52
4.94
r3.96
r3.63
3.52

4.41
r16.56
r17.41
r16.64
r17.98
18.70

18.75
r71.00
r70.13
r66.02
r67.96
r61.76

64.40
r93.09
r92.48
r86.62
r89.57
r83.99

87.56

r revised (see paragraph 8 of the Explanatory Notes).
(a) See paragraph 19 of the Explanatory Notes for definitions of low, mid and full strength beer.
(b) Litres per person aged 15 years and over.