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Which Australian State Boozes The Most?
It's bloody hot, it's bloody humid, and no one bats an eyelid if you crack a cold one before 09:00am. Territorians are Australia's biggest boozers, consuming 13.73 litres of pure alcohol a year (equivalent to 1,098 cans per person). And yes, VB is their favourite beer.
Western Australians are a long way from anywhere and thirsty AF. They drink more tinnies than almost everywhere else, smashing 12.37 litres of pure alcohol a year (approximately 989 cans per person).
Smashing cans is a way of life in Queensland, so it's perhaps surprising they're not Australia's biggest boozers. The XXXX-lovers average 11.03 litres of pure alcohol a year: 882 cans for every adult.
Australia's Capital Territory is not known for its breweries, this is more fine wine country. Our MPs and civil servants definitely smash the champagne, downing 10.16 litres of pure alcohol a year: equivalent to 109 bottles of fizzy per adult. Cheers!
Tasmanians are known for their cider and sparkling wine, and while they put alway a fair bit of booze – 9.91 litres of pure alcohol a year – this is actually less than the Australian average. Still 792 cans of cider per annum is a helluva lot of apples!
New South Wales may be Australia's most populated state but it's way down the booze rankings – though still ahead of Victoria, yay! NSW puts away 9.68 litres of pure alcohol a year, equivalent to 774 tins of Tooheys.
South Australia is Australia's greatest wine producing state, so it's perhaps surprising that they actually consume less booze than any almost every other state or territory, "just" 9.62 litres of pure alcohol a year: equivalent to 103 bottles of Barossa shiraz
Victorians are known for their craft beer and fine wines, but surprisingly, they're Australia's most moderate drinkers, sipping a rather respectable 9.59 litres of pure alcohol a year: equivalent to 767 cans of Carlton.
New Zealand?! Are you drunk BuzzFeed?! Since when was New Zealand an Australian state or territory? Well actually, before the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, NZ was basically part of Australia. Anyway, Kiwis drink 10.9 litres of pure alcohol per year, equivalent to 872 caaaans.
Source: alcohol consumption data comes from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, via Victoria Health's report Alcohol's Burden of Disease in Australia.