SABMiller's takeover deal for Foster's Group has raised eyebrows about the Peroni brewer's strategy. Here, the maturity of Australia's beer market is underlined by consumption figures going back to 1945.

Per capita beer consumption has been in broad decline in Australia since the 1970s and is now back to levels comparable with 60 years ago, according to figures released earlier this year by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). In 2009, per capita consumption was 106.59 litres, compared to a high of 192 litres in 1974.

The figures highlight the maturity of Australia's beer market. At the same time, per capita wine consumption has risen steadily in the country, from just seven litres in 1945 to 29 litres in 2009. See below for the charts we have compiled from the ABS data.