New report: A snapshot of our drinking habits

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%.

Full report: Australian Bureau of Statistics 2013 Apparent consumption of alcohol, Australia, 2011-12