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Australian Beer Drinking may be Replaced by Wine

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on September 18, 2013 at 9:10 PM
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 Australian Beer Drinking may be Replaced by Wine

While Australia is known for its fondness for beer, statistics reveal a 66-year low and predict that it could soon be taken over by wine.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics also found that Australians are drinking a little less alcohol overall.

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"Beer is now at its lowest point in 66 years," said the bureau's Louise Gates.

While Australians are drinking less beer per person -- continuing a downward trend which began in the 1970's -- wine consumption has gone up.

The bureau, which estimates consumption based on the availability of alcoholic drinks, said in terms of pure alcohol, beer was down 2.3 percent in 2011-2012 on the previous year.
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Wine, however, rose 1.9 percent over the same 12 months. Spirits experienced the largest fall, down 4.0 percent.

"The overall picture is that consumption of alcohol in Australia has fallen for a second year in a row; 2011-12 saw us drink 1.4 million litres less than we did in 2010-11, and 2.7 million litres less than in 2009-10," said Gates.

The figures showed that over the past 50 years, alcohol consumption in Australia had changed dramatically.

In particular, beer has dropped markedly -- from about 75 percent of the pure alcohol available in 1961-62 to 41 percent 50 years later.

"Over the same period the proportion of wine has increased from 12 percent to 38 percent," the ABS said.

Alcohol abuse is considered a serious problem in Australia, where about one in five people drink at a level that puts them at risk of harm or injury over their lifetime, according to the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

Source: AFP
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