Alcohol consumption in Australia rises in 2021, reversing long term decline


Most of us had been responsible of it final 12 months, serving to to melt the blow of lockdowns, nevertheless it appears we don’t need to cast off this indulgence.

During Australia’s numerous lockdowns many people may very well be forgiven for reaching for a wine or two.

But it appears we simply carried on consuming with new analysis revealing the proportion of Australians imbibing alcohol has gone up by 3.5 per cent.

The rise has reversed a gradual fall in the variety of Australians turning to booze.

Wine was the large winner however cider and liqueur drinks proceed to endure, dropping floor regardless of the rise in consuming.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a turnaround in the long-term trend of declining alcohol consumption we have seen consistently over the last 15 years,” stated Michele Levine, chief government officer of analysis agency Roy Morgan, which revealed the analysis.

It interviewed 50,000 Australians about their consuming habits between October 2020 and September 2021. That interval largely got here after the long 2021 Victoria lockdown and it included prolonged spells with solely periodic lockdowns. However, it concluded with Victoria, the ACT and New South Wales all in multi-month keep at dwelling restrictions.

The report discovered 69.6 per cent of grownup Australians consumed booze not less than as soon as each month – up from 66.4 per cent a 12 months earlier.

There had been vital will increase in consumption of wine, spirits and able to drink alcohol whereas consumption of beer additionally elevated marginally over the previous 12 months. The latter a change on the long term decline in beer consuming.

“Wine has been the big driver of the increase as Australians stuck at home, and without the usual options for domestic or international travel over the last 18 months, have turned to local activities for comfort and entertainment,” stated Ms Levine.

Over 9.2 million Australians, 46 per cent of the inhabitants, drink wine throughout a median 4 week interval which is up 3.4 per cent.

Over half of girls now drink wine in addition to 42 per cent of males.

Rise in beer consumption bucks development

Beer consumption rose from 35.2 per cent of adults to 35.7 per cent, a small however notable improve.

“The decline in beer drinking over the last 15 years has been more sustained than any other type of alcohol so it will be important for the industry to learn the lessons provided by the pandemic to ensure the increase in beer consumption over the last year is sustained and not a ‘blip’ on the long-term downward trend,” stated Ms Levine.

Craft beers have been on the forefront of gross sales rises with multinational companies controversially snapping up unbiased breweries. Earlier this month, Lion – a part of the Japanese Kirin Group – was given regulatory approval to purchase the Byron Bay based mostly house owners of Stone & Wood beer.

James Boag, Little Creatures, Furphy, Great Northern, Fat Yak and Cascade are all now owned by both of Australia’s two main breweries – Lion and Asahi’s Carlton and United.

Non-alcoholic wines and beer had been additionally having fun with surge in recognition.

The findings are in distinction to a different examine of Australia’s alcohol habits which discovered consuming remained comparatively secure through the pandemic.

According to an Australian authorities report on medicine in wastewater between December 2020 and April 2021 alcohol consumption was “relatively steady” with a small improve in capital metropolis consumption however a lower in consuming in regional Australia.

Ms Levine cautioned booze companies from getting too excited. While alcohol consumption has elevated, that would change because the nation opened up and other people had extra issues to spend their cash on.

“The return of a range of leisure options, including travel, will provide a new challenge for the alcohol market that has enjoyed a wave of growth over the last 18 months.”

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