4307.0.55.001 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
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18 September 2013
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Beer hits a 66 year low, but wine is still going up
Our tastes may be swinging away from beer and towards wine, but we're drinking a little less alcohol overall, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

"Beer is now at its lowest point in 66 years," said Louise Gates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics; "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."

While Australians are consuming less beer per person - a downwards trend that started in the 1970's - there's been an increase in wine consumption.

"In terms of pure alcohol available for consumption, beer was down 2.3 percent in 2011-12 (compared with the previous year) while wine rose 1.9 percent. Ready-to-drink beverages have also seen a drop and were down by 2.5 percent, while spirits have seen the largest fall, down by a full four percent.

"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."

Further information is available in Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2011-12 (cat. no. 4307.0.55.001).

Media note:

Estimates of 'apparent consumption' are obtained from information related to supply (for example, excise data on alcohol produced for domestic consumption, and data on imports) and do not represent actual consumption. No account is taken of changes in stocks, duty-free alcohol imported by individual overseas travellers, or for alcohol that has been stored or cellared, used in the preparation of food or discarded as waste. All alcohol available for consumption in a particular year is assumed to have been consumed in that year.

When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.