Wine is poised to overtake beer as the most popular source of alcohol consumed in Australia
if the current pattern continues, with the gap between wine and beer falling to just 0.8 liters per person in 2016-17. Beer experienced a 3.4 percent drop in the amount of pure alcohol consumed, while wine
saw an increase of 0.4 percent.
Overall, the reduction in the amount of pure alcohol consumed from beer resulted in the nation’s lowest levels of alcohol consumption since 1961-62, with 185.8 million liters consumed in 2016-17 compared with 188.21 million liters in 2015-16. This resulted in a per capita consumption of 9.39 liters of pure alcohol in 2016-17, compared with 9.66 liters in 2015-16.