Number of Australians drinking wine, spirits and RTDs up significantly in 2021 while beer drinking holds steady

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 8-Sep-21

New data from Roy Morgan’s Alcohol Consumption Report shows that the proportion of Australians who drink alcohol increased by 4% points to 69.7% in the 12 months to June 2021. A total of 13,908,000 Australians (69.7%) aged 18+ consumed alcohol in an average four-week period in the year to June, up from 13,040,000 (65.7%) a year earlier. The number of Australians drinking wine increased by nearly 1 million over the past year, from 8,323,000 (42.0%) to 9,237,000 (46.3%) – an increase of 4.3% points. In addition, some 6,621,000 Australians (33.2%) were drinking spirits in mid-2021, up from 5,876,000 (29.7%) a year earlier – an increase of 3.5% points. Also increasing was consumption of Ready-to-drinks (RTDs), which increased from 2,187,000 Australians (11.0%) up to 2,699,000 Australians (13.5%). There were mixed results for the other categories of alcohol, with drinking of beer and liqueurs virtually unchanged on a year ago while fewer Australians were drinking cider and fortified wines. 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 50,000 Australians each year.


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