Beer consumption is at a 66-year low, the figures show

Beer consumption is at a 66-year low, the figures show

Beer consumption in Australia is at its lowest point for 66 years, but wine and cider consumption is up, according to official figures. 

An Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) study, published this week, shows that per capita consumption of beer in 2012 fell to 4.14 litres from 4.31 in 2011. Wine consumption rose slightly, however, to 3.8 litres.

Spirits per capita consumption dropped to 1.26 litres last year, while RTDs fell to 0.68. Cider consumption was slightly up, from 0.15 litres in 2011 to 0.17 litres last year.

Overall alcohol consumption in Australia continued to fall, down to 10.05 litres per capita. In 2007, consumption was 10.76 litres per capita.