Australia And Alcohol – Did You Know…

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… That apparently the first European settlers in Australia drank more alcohol per person than any other community in the history of mankind? Let me tell you, it feels like it’s still the case!

You might wonder why I do a Did You Know about alcohol consumption… Well, it’s the festive season and it seems like alcohol and parties belong together for most people.

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

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Australian households spent an average of AU$32.35 per week on alcohol beverages in 2009-10. The largest proportion of this alcohol expenditure was spent on beer.

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Australian mines (one of Australia’s most important industries, which accounts for 15% of Australia’s GDP) cover 0.02% of Australia’s land mass. More land is occupied by pubs! Australians love their pubs!  (Can’t find any statistics on the GDP here. My guess is: substantial)


Uluru, also called Ayers Rock

In relation to alcohol consumption:

A tourist from New South Wales had to stop another vehicle to ask for directions to Ayers Rock. Nothing strange or funny about it? Well, Ayers Rock is huge (348 meters high), is the only significant feature along the only road in the area, and he was right in front of the rock with his headlights shining on it! You’d think you’d notice, wouldn’t you? Nope. He pulled over the next car coming along, to ask for directions. The car looked like a ranger’s vehicle to him. Well, they were cops instead and they immediately whipped out their breathalyzer… 0.116. Too bad…

In 1954 Bob Hawke made it into the Guinness Record Book: he sculled 2.5 pints (about 1.4 liters) of beer in 11 seconds. Bob Hawke went on to become the Prime Minister of Australia.

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And always remember: Don’t drink and drive!!!


12 thoughts on “Australia And Alcohol – Did You Know…

  1. I like your post, most of those thing I have never heard before… I think that one of my profesors told us in one class that in Australia people, when making a party, have to tell the police about it (how much people is coming and how much alcohol they’re buying)…

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  2. It continually shocks me that the message about drink driving is not being heard. I have witnessed the effects of alcohol on family life and in the work place and believe it is a health issue bigger than the damage that smoking causes. How do people afford to drink so much – are the Aussies being paid too much and have too many holidays (I can raise these questions because I am an Australian)? The disease is across all generations now, particularly in families, but while the sale of alcohol generates massive revenue for big corporations, it will not be addressed.

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  3. It’s kind of sad but I guess there are some people who don’t think they can be or have fun without an assist from alcohol (to lower the inhibitions inherent in their normal behaviors or personality).

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