New ABS data today reveals that Australian per capita alcohol consumption fell another 2.3% in 2011-12 to about 2.2 standard drinks per day per person aged 15 and over.
The decline was driven in part by a 4.1% fall in the per capita consumption of beer. The average Australian drank a total of 96.55 litres of low-, mid- and full-strength in the 12 months to 30 June 2012.
Australians have been consuming less and less beer since the mid-1970s with beer consumption falling steadily to a new 50-year low in 2011-12.
Per capita alcohol consumption fell to 10.1 litres a year in 2011-12, of which beer accounted for a historically low 41.2%.
The average Australian drank 4.1 litres of alcohol through beer in 2011-12, barely more than the 3.8 litres of alcohol they consumed in wine.
Here’s how consumption of beer, wine, spirits, pre-mixed drinks and cider has changed in the past 6 years:
There’s more on the ABS.
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