How much do Australians drink?

Consumption of spirits rose in Australia in 2017-18, bucking a recent downward trend, while consumption of other alcoholic drinks were either steady or falling, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The 2017-18 Apparent Consumption of Alcohol finds that the long-term decline in apparent consumption of alcohol per person has stalled.

Robert Long, ABS acting director of health statistics, said: "In 2017-18, the total alcohol consumed in Australia was equivalent to 9.51 litres for every person in Australia aged 15 years and over, similar to the 9.48 litres in 2016-17.

“In average daily consumption, this equates to 2.08 standard drinks per person and is unchanged from 2016-17. What is interesting is that we are seeing a rise in spirit consumption which has been on a recent downward trend," he said.

“Spirits and Ready to Drink beverage (RTDs) consumption increased from 1.79 to 1.89 litres per capita over the previous year. Beer consumption was relatively steady at 3.71 litres per capita, while wine consumption, which has recently been virtually equal to beer, has decreased slightly from 3.74 to 3.67 litres per capita over the same period.

“This latest data shows a levelling in the most recent period of the longer term trend where pure alcohol consumption per capita dropped from 13.09 per person in 1974-75 to 9.51 litres in 2017-18."

“In 2017-18 beer represented 39.0 per cent of all pure alcohol available for consumption and wine 38.6 per cent. This is in stark contrast to 40 years ago when beer represented 67.6 per cent and wine 18.6 per cent of pure alcohol available per person aged 15 years and over reflecting the change in consumption preferences over time.”

What’s your poison?


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Hard to go past this one  Download drinking 23

Hey Suze, I like this too, can you get it in Australia?


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is where I get mine from.... about $60 a litre bottle but seeing you only sip it it is not too bad.

This..of course...


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:) Good grief Suze and Sophie ... our avatar name alcohols seem to be everywhere.


All in the name of good spirit of course LOL.


Amarula Cream - It's distilled from the fermented fruit of the Marula Tree. It's fruit is sometimes called "Elephant Juice". If you like Bailey's Irish Cream, you should give this a try. Oh, it's a nice looking bottle with an Elephant on the front. Maybe RnR, you can look it up and post it on YLC as I don't know how to do it. Thanks.

Cheers Hola.

RnR - Thanks so much for putting that photo up. 

What can be better than the fruit of the vine? 

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and Danish beer

I agree, I'm a wine fan!

An alcohol advertisement with a wine label that says "A bottle a day keeps the iso boredom away".


A national alcohol research body has slammed retailers using coronavirus-related marketing to boost sales, including ads it claims promote drinking as a solution to isolation boredom and depression.

A number of businesses have begun using coronavirus-related terms in online marketing, including advertising "survival kits" and "isolation six-packs".



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