Source: The Mercury, 22 August, 1998, p.5
"Drink here or take away?" Cheaper Liquor outlet manager David Townley with an average Aussie's quota for the year. Picture: TONY PALMER EIGHT cartons of beer and 25 bottles of wine would easily cater for a Christmas party- even a small wedding. But over a 12-month period the average Aussie drinks the lot. Australian Bureau of Stat- istics figures for 1996-97 show that while thirst for alcoholic refreshment remains high consumption of full-strength beer continues to decline. The bureau says that de- spite an increased appetite for low-alcohol beer, total beer consumption decreased for the eighth successive year. By comparison, wine was quaffed in greater quantities with a 4% increase to about 19 litres a person. Soft drink came out on top as the nation's most popular drink (114 litres a person) but, along with coffee and tea, demand has fallen. Australians ate more grain products and meat. Demand for poultry re- mained steady (28.4kg a per- son) but red meat soared in popularity, particularly mut- ton (up 18.8% to 6.5kg a person) and beef (up 10.3% to 37.7kg a person). Another major food area, butter, showed a consumption decline of 5.5% to 2.4kg a person. The amount of mar- garine eaten also fell.
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