We're drinking less as a nation

Drinking rates in Australian go down


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Do you throw back a tequila? Not so much anymore in Australia, the statistics reveal.

Do you throw back a tequila? Not so much anymore in Australia, the statistics reveal.

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Have you noticed you're not drinking as much?

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HAVE you put a stopper in your bubbles and cracked open a bottle of bubbly water instead?

Perhaps you grab something soft instead of an evening beer on a school night now?

There is a gradual decline in the amount Aussies drink according to a Roy Morgan report released in May 2019.

The market research company questioned 50,000 consumers a year in their own homes.

The results discovered in an average four week period 67.5 per cent of the Australian population aged 18 and over consumed a least one type of alcoholic drink. This represents a gradual decline over the last five years from 70.1 per cent recorded in 2014.

"Alcohol has often been considered to have a central role in the social life of many Australians, however the latest research from Roy Morgan shows that a declining population of Australians are now drinking alcohol," Michele Levine, chief executive officer of Roy Morgan said.

Ms Levine said it was unsurprising what drink is favoured by most men and what drink is favoured by most women.

"Perhaps unsurprisingly it is men who drink the bulk of the beer consumed in Australia, however, a deeper analysis of the beer-drinking habits of Australian men reveals the tradition may be on a long-term decline," she said.

Cheers - or not as the case may be? Photo: Shutterstock

Cheers - or not as the case may be? Photo: Shutterstock

"Today beer comprises only 46.7 per cent of the volume of alcohol drunk by 18 to 24 year old men compared to 51 per cent five years ago and an even 62.1 per cent a decade ago."

"The drinking habits of Australian women are dominated by the consumption of wine which comprises a dominate 48.2 per cent of all alcohol consumed by women."

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The research also divulged what people were drinking when they did indulge in alcohol.

"Although wine is more widely drunk, it is beer which dominates the overall volume of alcohol drunk in Australia," Ms Levine said.

"Beer comprises a 45 per cent share of the volume of alcohol drunk in Australia compared to 29.1 per cent for wine, 13.2 per cent for spirits, 5.8 per cent for RTDs and 3.7 per cent for cider."

In the last five years wine has become more popular, with 2.4 per cent more drinks being of the grape variety and 0.6 per cent more drinks are spirits. Cider also is gaining popularity.

Whereas 2.8 per cent less drinks are beer and 1.1 per cent less drinks are RTDs (ready to drink). Liqueurs and fortified wine are also less popular according to the research.

Wine, still No.2 to beer in Australia. Photo: Shutterstock

Wine, still No.2 to beer in Australia. Photo: Shutterstock

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