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

Consumption of pure alcohol

73.9 million litres of pure alcohol in wine was available for consumption. This was down slightly from 74.1 million litres in the previous year.

Per capita consumption

An average of 3.67 litres of pure alcohol from wine was consumed by Australians aged 15 years and over.

  • This was down from the 3.74 litres per capita observed in the previous year.
  • This continues the declining trend of wine consumption from the peak of 4.04 litres per person in 2009-10.

Adjusting for the population who consume wine, per capita consumption was estimated to be 9.49 litres. This is equivalent to 2.08 standard drinks per day among wine drinkers.

Type

The share of pure alcohol in wine by wine type has been relatively stable in recent years.
  • White wine accounted for 46.2% of the alcohol in wine,
  • Red wine made up 40.2%, and
  • Other wines 13.6%.


Table 4: Wine, Pure alcohol available for consumption

Year ended 30 JuneWhite table wineRed table wineOther wines(a)Total

VOLUME OF PURE ALCOHOL ('000 litres)

2013r33 284r26 72110 352r70 356
2014
2015(b)
2016(b)
2017(b)

2018(b)
r34 215
r34 839
r35 649
r35 532

34 139
r26 418
r27 391
r28 264
r28 499

29 694
10 481
10 706
9 781
10 033

10 061
r71 114
r72 937
r73 694
r74 064

73 894

PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION OF PURE ALCOHOL(c) (litres)

2013(b)r1.79r1.440.56r3.79
2014(b)
2015(b)
2016(b)
2017(b)

2018(b)
r1.81
r1.82
r1.83
r1.80

1.70
r1.40
r1.43
r1.45
r1.44

1.48
0.55
0.56
0.50
0.51

0.50
r3.76
r3.80
r3.79
r3.74

3.67

r revised (see paragraph 30 of the Explanatory Notes).
(a) Other wines are comprised of fortified, sparkling and carbonated wines, vermouth and other wine not elsewhere included.
(b) A number of changes in methodology have occurred from 2008-09 to 2017-18, therefore, comparisons between these years should be interpreted with caution. See paragraphs 21 to 29 of the Explanatory Notes for details.
(c) Litres per person aged 15 years and over.



Volume consumed

568 million litres of wine was available for consumption. This was the largest ever recorded volume, with the second highest being 561 million litres, the previous year.
In per capita terms, this was 28.3 litres, equivalent to 38 standard 750 ml bottles per year or around 6 glasses (standard drinks) per week for each person aged 15 years and over.


Table 5: Wine, Volume available for consumption

Year ended 30 JuneWhite table wineRed table wineOther wines(a)Total

Volume ('000 litres)

2013
2014

2015(b)
2016(b)
2017(b)

2018(b)
265 950
269 410
275 695
281 998
281 232

277 325
193 443
190 607
193 115
199 085
200 134

211 423
81 728
83 331
85 471
77 794
79 758

79 706
541 121
543 348
554 281
558 878
561 123

568 454

Per capita consumption(c) (litres)

2013
2014

2015(b)
r14.31
r14.26

r14.38
r10.41
r10.09

r10.07
r4.40
4.41

r4.46
r29.11
r28.76

r28.91
2016(b)
2017(b)

2018(b)
r14.50
r14.22

13.79
r10.23
r10.12

10.51
r4.00
4.03

3.96
r28.73
28.36

28.26

r revised (see paragraph 8 of the Explanatory Notes).
(a) Other wines are comprised of fortified, sparkling and carbonated wines, vermouth and other wine not elsewhere included.
(b) A number of changes in methodology have occurred from 2014-15 to 2017-18, therefore, comparisons between these years should be interpreted with caution. See paragraphs 21 to 29 of the Explanatory Notes for details.
(c) Litres per person aged 15 years and over.