Cider and spirits consumption up, alcopops down
A study by Roy Morgan has shown increased consumption of cider and spirits in 2009, and a drop in the number of drinkers of ready-to-drink premixed beverages, known as RTDs or ‘alcopops’.
In December 2009, the estimated number of cider drinkers in Australia was up 45%, to 549,000, over an estimated 379,000 at the same time in 2008 – around 3.3% of Australia’s drinking-age population. Spirits consumption was up 4.6%, with an extra 200,000 new drinkers.
The RTD market lost 183,000 consumers in 2009, down from 15.4% of drinking-age Australians to 14.3%.
The 2008-9 period coincides with the Federal Goverment’s $20 million dollar anti-binge-drinking campaign, which included advertisments targeting young women, the core of the RTD market.