Australians who consume alcohol at dangerous levels drink eight times more beer than any other alcoholic product, according to research released today (3 June).

The study, produced by Roy Morgan Research and released to the Distilled Spirits Industry Council of Australia (DSICA), exposes beer as the dominant drink of choice among Australians considered heavy drinkers (consuming more than 100 drinks per month).

"Beer accounts for three in four alcoholic drinks (74%) consumed by Australians who drink at risky and dangerous levels," said Stephen Riden, the DSICA's information and research manager.

"The Government's 70% tax hike on RTDs was sold to the community as its strategy to curb binge-drinking among young women. This research is an important insight into the real problem our community faces, that of young adult men drinking at alarmingly dangerous levels. It's not RTDs they are getting drunk on, it's beer."

The research, which is part of a continuous national survey into the behaviour of more than 50,000 Australians per year over the past six years, reveals that beer consumption in heavy drinkers has increased among men aged 18-24 years up from 68 beers to 76 beers each month over the last two years.

"Australians rightly want a solution to problem drinking and we urge the Government to realise that they need to look at all the issues, starting with the beer-binge problem," Riden said.