Cheers! Alcohol consumption is stable

Listen to the views of the fun police and you would think that Australia has embarked on some new kind of alcohol explosion.

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

The noise going up while consumption going down. Listen to the views of the fun police and you would think that Australia has embarked on some new kind of alcohol explosion.

The truth, as revealed by Australian Bureau of Statistics figures this morning, is somewhat different. Alcohol consumption per person has been relatively stable for 20 years

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2 thoughts on “Cheers! Alcohol consumption is stable

  1. Bill Hilliger

    @Ted Ballieu very special budget message. Now there is confirmation of the lies the Liberal/NP coalition will peddle to get into government and then once in government they resort to their usual pattern of enhancing the wealth of the wealthy a the cost of the middleclass battlers, nurses, teachers and workers, truth is the LNP don’t give a stuff about ordinary Victorians.

  2. michael dwyer

    The figures confirm that we are not a nation of boozers. peak beer consumption was in the early seventies, when it was quite acceptable for building workers yo have six pots at lunchtime. Occupational health and safety rules have cut out the lunchtime gargle for many. Beer consumption has fallen, and full strength beer has been diluted from 4.9% to 4.6%. There has also been a reduction in the contents of many bottles of beer, from 375ml to 330ml. Spirit drinks have also undergone some dilution, and the bottle size has been reduced from 750ml to 700ml.

    Australians do not consume anywhere near the amount of alcohol per head as most European countries. Southern Europeans consume far more wine than we do, whilst northern and central Europeans consume a lot more beer and spirits than Australians.

    The fun police are way off the mark, and our alcohol related problems are not as great as they would have you believe

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