Australians Continue to Enjoy Beer Responsibly

“When it comes to beer the facts are clear – the vast majority of Australians enjoy their beer responsibly”, said Tim Reardon, Executive Director of the Brewers Association.

The FARE Survey released today highlights that “On a typical occasion, the majority of Australian drinkers consume one or two standard drinks of alcohol…”.

“Most Australians consume beer safely and sociably, which is great news given recent research reported that moderate beer consumption can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” Mr Reardon added.

“Beer is heavily taxed in Australia and raises around $2.5 billion in excise each year. “We recognise there is still a minority who drink to excess and we support targeted interventions that will change this behaviour.

“The brewing industry is the largest single funder of DrinkWise Australia, which invests significantly in highly awarded cultural change programs aimed at creating a healthier and safer drinking culture in Australia.”

The Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand is committed to the promotion of responsible consumption of alcohol, and supports targeted intervention that will successfully reduce harm for specific impact groups.

ENDS

Further information: Tim Reardon – Executive Director, Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand 0423 141 031