How many litres of alcohol do Australians drink each year?

There were almost 184 million litres of pure alcohol available for consumption in Australia in 2013-14. This was made up of approximately 76 million litres of beer, 69 million litres of wine, 35 million litres of spirits and 4 million litres of cider. This equated to almost 10 litres of pure alcohol available for consumption per person (aged 15 years and over) per year. 

A total of 183,666,000 litres of pure alcohol was available for consumption in Australia in 2013-14. This comprised 75,863,000 litres of beer; 68,890,000 litres of wine; 34,784,000 litres of spirits and RTDs; and 4,129,000 litres of cider. This equates to 9.7 litres of pure alcohol available for consumption per person per year, comprising 4.0 litres of beer; 3.6 litres of wine; 1.8 litres of spirits and RTDs; and 0.2 litres of cider.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) (2015). Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2013-14.

Please note: The pure alcohol available for consumption figures will overestimate the true level of alcohol consumed as beverages, as adjustments cannot be made for wastage and other factors such as for alcohol used in cooking.

RTDs: Ready-to-drink (pre-mixed) beverages