Our Alcohol Consumption is at its Lowest in Half a Century

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Australians are drinking at their lowest levels since 1961, according to a report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday.

Data reveals that this historic low is the culmination of almost 10 years of declining consumption.

This turn is part of a much longer downward trend since we reached “peak beer” in the mid-1970s, with Australians between 2016 and 2017 drinking half the volume of alcohol they would have 40 years ago.

Australians are now on average, drinking less, drinking more responsibly and are drinking a greater variety of alcohol,
with beer now constituting 39% of consumption compared to 75% between 1966 and 1967.

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