New data from Roy Morgan claims the number of Australians drinking alcohol has increased in the 12 months to September 2021, but Alcohol Beverages Australia (ABA) has told the Scream, this does not equate to an increase in consumption or harmful drinking.
Roy Morgan’s alcohol consumption report shows that a total of 13,894,000 Australians (69.6 percent) aged 18 and over drank alcohol in an average period of four weeks, compared to 13,179,000 (66.4 percent) a year earlier.
Wine, spirits and RTDs showed a significant increase, while the number of people drinking beer also increased.
The number of Australians drinking wine increased from 8,539,000 Australians (43.0 per cent) to 9,263,000 (46.4 per cent) over the year, while there were 6,670,000 Australians (33.4 per cent) in mid-2021. drank liquor, of 6,121,000 (30.8 percent). cents) a year earlier.
The results were not as 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, nearly three quarters of Australian adults, 73.5 percent, drank an alcoholic beverage in an average of four weeks. This incidence declined, reaching a low of 65.7 percent during the nationwide June 2020 quarter-end close.
“Roy Morgan will be closely monitoring evolving trends in the alcohol market throughout the remainder of 2021 and into next year as Australia continues to open up and enter a period of ‘COVID normal’. The return of a range of leisure options, including travel, will present a new challenge to the alcohol market that has experienced a wave of growth over the past 18 months.”
And while the number of people drinking alcohol has increased, Andrew Wilsmore, CEO of ABA, told: the Scream, this should not lead people to think that there are more problem drinkers.
“It’s important to note that the survey results show that an increase in the number of Australians choosing to drink a drink does not equate to increased consumption of alcohol or increased levels of harmful drinking,” Wilsmore said.
“The good news is that harmful drinking trends are all declining, and a large body of Covid research into drinking, including the most recent wastewater analysis report, has found that the majority of Australians chose to reduce the amount they drank during lockdown or had kept their drinking at pre-Covid levels.
Data from the National Wastewater Monitoring System shows Australians have continued to drink responsibly during the pandemic.
According to last month’s report from the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program, alcohol content in wastewater has remained within the ranges observed before the start of the pandemic.