Sobering news: Aussies losing their taste for beer

Alcohol consumption has dropped to its lowest level since the 1960s

Australians are apparently drinking less alcohol today than at any time since the 1960s, new data shows. 

Consumption levels have dropped to their lowest levels recorded in the last half century, with a drop in beer consumption driving the trend, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data on alcohol sales. 

In 2016/17, the total alcohol consumed in Australia was equivalent to 186 million litres of pure alcohol, or 9.4L for every person in Australia aged 15  and over, the figures showed. 

"This is the lowest annual figure since 1961/62 and it continues the recent downward trend, which started around 2008/09,” said Louise Gates, ABS director of health statistics. 

For people over the age of 15, that amount of pure alcohol equated to 224 stubbies (375mL) of beer, 38 bottles (750mL) of wine, 17 bottles (375mL) of cider, four bottles (700mL) of