Drinking is declining, but the trend's not seen in Rocky

ALCOHOL consumption is declining nationally, but Rockhampton doesn't seem to be mirroring the trend.

Victoria Tavern owner Sue Mitchell said business wasn't being impacted locally, and they've seen more of a shift than a decline.

Sue said she had seen an increase in cider consumption and bourbon, but a decrease in local beers over the past 12 months. 

Her observations are supported by Roy Morgan Research, which found cider was the only alcohol to see an increase in consumption over the last six years, with beer, wine, spirits and ready-to-drink alcohol declining.

"It all evens out," Sue said. 

"It's more the younger drinkers, they tend to influence what way the market is going."  


More Roy Morgan research:

- Overall, Australians consume 129 million glasses of alcohol per week, down one million since 2008. 

- Three in five Australian adults are overweight, with a BMI over 25. 

- The average overweight Australian adult has an extra 16.5kg, up from 15.5kg in 2008. 

- The rise in anxiety mirrors a rise in un- or underemployment, from 11.3% in 2007 to 18.7%. 

- People who are looking for work are 63% more likely to suffer anxiety

- In the 12 months to March 2014, 2.8 million Australian adults (15.6%) reported suffering anxiety in the past year, up from 1.5 million (9.2%) in the year to March 2008.   

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