The number of Australians drinking alcohol is rising

New data from Roy Morgan claims that the number of Australians drinking alcohol has increased in the 12 months to September 2021, but Alcohol Beverages Australia (ABA) has told The shout, this does not equate to increased consumption or harmful drinking.

Roy Morgan’s alcohol consumption report shows that a total of 13,894,000 Australians (69.6 per cent) aged 18+ consumed alcohol over an average four-week period, up from 13,179,000 (66.4 per cent) a year earlier.

Wine, spirits and RTDs showed significant increases, while the number of people drinking beer also increased.

The number of Australians drinking wine rose from 8,539,000 Australians (43.0 per cent) to 9,263,000 (46.4 per cent) during the year, while 6,670,000 Australians (33.4 per cent) drank alcohol in the middle of 2021, up from 8.00121.03.00121. cents) a year earlier.

The results were not so positive for other types of alcohol, with fewer Australians now drinking cider, liqueurs and fortified wines compared to a year ago.

Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine said: “In the year to June 2006, almost three quarters of Australian adults, 73.5 per cent, drank an alcoholic beverage on average in four weeks. This incidence fell to a low of 65.7 per cent below the nationwide lockdown in June quarter 2020.

“Roy Morgan will keep a close eye on the development trends in the alcohol market for the rest of 2021 and into next year as Australia continues to open up and enters a period of ‘COVID normal’. The return of a number leisure opportunities, including travel, will present a new challenge for the alcohol market, which has enjoyed a wave of growth over the last 18 months. “

And although the number of people consuming alcohol has increased, ABA CEO Andrew Wilsmore has said The shout, this should not make people believe that there are increased levels of problem drinking.

“It is important to note that the survey results, which show an increase in the number of Australians choosing to drink, are not equal to either increased alcohol consumption or increased levels of harmful drinking,” Wilsmore said.

The good news is that harmful drinking trends are all in decline, and a large body of Covid research on drinking behavior, including the latest wastewater analysis report, has shown that the majority of Australians chose to reduce the amount they drank during lockdown or had kept their drinking at levels before Covid.

Data from national wastewater monitoring showed that Australians have continued to drink responsibly throughout the pandemic.

According to last month’s report from the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program, the levels of alcohol in wastewater have remained within the observed areas before the start of the pandemic.

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