Number of Australians drinking alcohol increases for first time in 4 years in 2020 – powered by wine, spirits and RTDs

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 21-Apr-21

New data from Roy Morgan’s Alcohol Consumption Report shows that the proportion of Australians who drink alcohol increased by 0.8% points to 67% in 2020. It is the first year-over-year increase since 2016, when 69.6% of Australians drank alcohol, up 0.7% points on 2015. A total of 13,337,000 Australians (67.0%) aged 18+ consumed alcohol in an average four-week period in 2020, up from 13,021,000 (66.2%) a year earlier. The number of Australians drinking wine increased from 8,065,000 (41.0%) to 8,814,000 (44.3%), an increase of 3.3% points over the year. In addition, some 6,277,000 Australians (31.5%) drank spirits in 2020, up from 5,465,000 (27.8%) a year earlier – an increase of 3.7% points. Consumption of Ready-to-drinks (RTDs) increased from 2,101,000 Australians (10.7%) to 2,392,000 (12.0%). However, outside these three categories the long-term trends continued, with fewer Australians drinking beer, cider, liqueurs and fortified wines in 2020. Beer led the decline and was down from 7,353,000 Australians (37.4%) in 2019 to 6,878,000 (34.6%) in 2020. If the trends of last year were to continue this year the number of Australians drinking spirits would overtake those drinking beer. The findings are from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, Australia’s most trusted and comprehensive consumer survey, derived from in-depth interviews with 50,000 Australians each year.


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