4307.0.55.001 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
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Spirits and Ready to Drink (RTDs) beverages

Consumption of pure alcohol

38.0 million litres of pure alcohol from spirits and RTDs was consumed.

  • This was a 7.0% increase on the previous year (35.5 million litres).
  • Spirits increased 9.5% to 26.6 million and RTDs increased 1.7%.
  • Over the last decade total consumption of pure alcohol decreased 2.2%, driven by a 39.0% fall in in RTDs which more than outweighed the 31.8% increase in spirits.

Per capita consumption
  • An average of 1.89 litres of pure alcohol from spirits and RTDs was consumed by Australians aged 15 years and over. This was equivalent to 0.4 standard drinks per day.
  • This represents a 5.3% increase on the previous year.

Over the last decade consumption of spirits and RTDs have decreased by 17.6%.
  • This decline continues to be driven by RTDs, falling 48.6%. Most of this fall occurred in the five years to 2012-13. In contrast consumption of spirits increased 11.0%.
  • Since 2014-15 consumption of RTDs has remained steady at 0.57, whilst spirits continue to fluctuate year on year.


Table 6: Spirits and ready to drink beverages, Pure alcohol available for consumption

Year ended 30 JuneSpiritsRTDsTotal

Volume of pure alcohol ('000 litres)

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017

2018
24 031
23 174
r23 437
24 280
r24 251

26 556
12 130
11 610
10 962
11 301
11 225

11 412
36 161
34 784
r34 400
35 581
r35 476

37 968

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

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017

2018
1.29
1.23
1.22
1.25
1.23

1.32
0.65
0.61
0.57
0.58
0.57

0.57
r1.95
1.84
1.79
1.83
r1.79

1.89

r revised (see paragraph 8 of the Explanatory Notes).
(a) Litres per person aged 15 years and over.