Alcohol sales soar during pandemic: ABS

December saw almost $2 billion in turnover - the highest grossing month in Australia of all time

Australians hit the bottle with gusto while at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, drinking an unprecedented amount of alcohol and bumping liquor sales to record levels.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows the country's alcohol retailers turned over a record $15.6 billion in sales in 2020.

That's an increase of 27% or $3.3 billion more than in 2019.

In comparison, alcohol sales grew $195 million between 2018 and 2019 — about 6% of the increase recorded between 2019 and 2020.

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education chief

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