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ABS releases new alcohol consumption figures

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a new issue of its regular report, Apparent consumption of alcohol, 2012-13 (4307.0.55.001)

Some points to note for the period:

There were 183.6 million litres of alcohol available for consumption, up 0.2% from 2011-2012.

  • 40.9% beer
  • 37.4% wine
  • 13.1% spirits
  • 6.6% ready-to-drink beverages (alcopops)
  • 2.0% cider

Apparent consumption per capita was 9.9 litres of pure alcohol, which equates to 2.2 standard drinks a day.

After a peak in consumption during the 1970s, the proportion of pure alcohol available has decreased, especially linked with a decrease in beer consumption.

GrogWatch is pleased to see alcohol consumption per capita appears to be declining. Though we should be careful not to assume all drinkers are drinking less.

From the The Australian – 4 April 2014:

Michael Livingston, of the Nat­ional Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW, said growing immigration from Muslim and Asian countries had increased the number of teetotallers and light drinkers.

Binge drinking was still a problem, he said, with 10 per cent of drinkers consuming half the ­nation’s alcohol.

“There’s certainly been an increase in the number of people not drinking over the last decade, particularly among young ­people,’’ he said. “Heavy drinkers are still drinking as heavily as they did 10 years ago but moderate and light drinkers have cut back.

“More people have come from a multicultural background where drinking is not so widespread.’’