New data from Roy Morgan’s Alcohol Consumption Report shows the proportion of Australians who drink alcohol dropped by 1.8% points to 67.9% in the 12 months to June 2022 as the country emerged from the pandemic and multiple lockdowns in 2020-21.
The number of Australians drinking wine, beer and spirits reached pandemic highs during 2021, but the short-term boost as people were stuck at home has now receded. However, consumption of RTDs (Ready-to-drink) has continued to increase and is now at a record high.
In the year to June 2022 a total of 13,603,000 Australians (67.9%) aged 18+ consumed alcohol in an average four-week period, down from a pandemic high of 13,908,000 (69.7%) a year earlier.
The standout alcoholic beverage over the last year as we emerged from the pandemic lockdowns of 2020-21 has been Ready-to-drinks (RTDs) which increased from 2,669,000 Australians (13.5%) up to 3,349,000 Australians (16.7%) – an increase of 3.2% points (+680,000).
The most popular alcohol is still wine, but the number of Australians drinking wine dropped from 9,237,000 Australians (46.3%) to 8,938,000 (44.6%) – a decrease of 1.7% points (-297,000) from a year ago.
Beer has also lost ground from its pandemic highs with 6,666,000 Australians (33.3%) now drinking beer, down 2.3% points (-428,000) on a year ago. Spirits are clearly the third favourite type of alcohol with 6,083,000 Australians (30.4%) now drinking spirits, down 2.8% points (-538,000) on mid-2021.
The findings are from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, Australia’s most trusted and comprehensive consumer survey, derived from in-depth interviews with over 60,000 Australians each year.
Proportion of Australians aged 18+ who consume alcohol in an average four-week period
Source: Roy Morgan Single Source Australia, July 2020 – June 2021, n=63,256. July 2021 – June 2020, n=63,104. Base: Australians aged 18+.
Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says the increase in alcohol consumption during the pandemic years of 2020-2021 has proven short-lived with lower consumption of wine, beer and spirits compared to a year ago – but consumption of RTDs (Ready-to-drink) has continued to increase:
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Margin of Error
The margin of error to be allowed for in any estimate depends mainly on the number of interviews on which it is based. Margin of error gives indications of the likely range within which estimates would be 95% likely to fall, expressed as the number of percentage points above or below the actual estimate. Allowance for design effects (such as stratification and weighting) should be made as appropriate.
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