Courtney Allan

Food & Wine

The number of Aussies drinking alcohol has declined

The number of Aussies drinking alcohol has declined

According to new research from Roy Morgan, 67.5 per cent of the Australian population aged 18 and over consume at least one type of alcoholic drink.

This represents a gradual decline over the last five years from 70.1 per cent recorded back in 2014.

All major categories of alcoholic drinks showed declines over this period, except for cider which showed an increased.

Wine is the most popular alcoholic drink, just ahead of beer

Wine is consumed by 42.8 per cent of the Australian population aged 18 and over which was tested over an average four-week period. This is ahead of beer, which was at 38.2 per cent and spirits were a low 26.3 per cent.

Cider showed an increase up to 11.4 per cent of the population which increased from 11.1 five years ago.

Over the last five years, the biggest decline in alcohol types consumed was wine, which was down by 2.3 per cent. This is followed by liqueurs, which went down by 1.2 per cent and beer, which showed a decline of 0.6 per cent.

This decline closed the gap and allowed wine to be the most drank alcohol within Australia by those over the age of 18.

Beer is drank in larger volume than wine

Despite wine being the most popular drink, beer is drank in larger quantities based on glasses.

Beer accounts for 45 per cent of the volume of alcoholic drinks consumed more than wine, which comes in at 29.1 per cent and spirits, at 13.2 per cent combined.

Women like wine, men like beer

The statistics don’t lie and there are big differences between the alcohol preferences between men and women. Despite the vast bulk of alcohol in Australia being drunk by men at a whopping 66.6 per cent, women still enjoy a drink or two at 33.3 per cent.

The most popular alcohol by volume for women is wine, which accounts for 48.2 per cent of the volume drunk by alcohol.

For men, beer takes all at a massive 58.4 per cent share of the volume of alcohol men consume. The second most popular type is wine, which has a 19.5 per cent share.