The recently released 2011-12 Australian Bureau of Statistics report on alcohol consumption shows some interesting trends for the nation. These include:
- We drank 183.5 million litres of pure alcohol in 2011-12 compared to 184.9 million litres in 2010-11 – a decrease of 0.8%.
- The decrease was mainly due to a drop in spirits (down 4.0%), ‘ready to drink’ beverages (down 2.5%) and beer (down 2.3%). In contrast, wine consumption was up by 1.9%.
- Beer is still the most popular drink but wine is getting closer. The breakdown by alcohol type for 2011-12 is:
- beer 41%
- wine 38%
- spirits 13%
- ‘ready to drink’ beverages 7%.
- The biggest shifts over the last 50 years is a decrease in beer consumption from 75% of the market to 41%, and an increase in wine from 12% to 38%.