Wine on the up

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

Aus­tralian drinkers are in­creas­ingly turn­ing to wine, with the lat­est Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics fig­ures show­ing beer con­sump­tion is on the de­cline.

The statis­tics re­leased this week showed a 3.4 per cent down­turn in beer sales in the past fi­nan­cial year, while the wine sec­tor grew 0.4 per cent.

In 2016-17, beer con­sump­tion was 39.2 per cent of the mar­ket, wine was 38.3 per cent, spir­its 13.1 per cent, pre-mix­ers were 6 per cent, while cider in­creased slightly to 3.4 per cent.

Over­all, Aus­tralians were drink­ing less, with al­co­hol con­sump­tion at its low­est level since the 1960s.

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