Australian consumption of alcohol at lowest levels since the 1960s

September 2018
Apparent consumption of alcohol per person has dropped to levels not seen since the 1960s, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report. The total alcohol consumed in Australia was equivalent to 9.4 litres for every person in Australia aged 15 years and over, the lowest annual figure since 1961-62. The media release states that this can be expressed as the average Australian “consuming the equivalent of 224 stubbies (375 ml) of beer, 38 bottles (750ml) of wine, 17 bottles (375ml) of cider, four bottles (700ml) of spirits and 33 cans (375ml) of premixed ready to drink varieties”. While 224 stubbies may sounds like a lot, it’s half of what was being consumed in 1974-75 “when Australia reached ‘peak beer’ and the consumption was equivalent to over 500 stubbies per person.”

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