wineMore Aussies are now drinking less beer or other alcoholic beverages and more wine, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This change is thanks to the post-war migration from European wine countries over the past 50 years. In fact, this transformed Australia from being a wine drinking to a winemaking nation. It’s the fourth largest wine exporter in the world, placing 12th in per capita consumption.

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The rise of wine making businesses in Australia also gave rise to many stylish restaurants in Fortitude Valley and other parts of Brisbane. Most of them either manage their own or order from the leading wine suppliers. If you don’t know anything about wine, you can even ask for their recommendations to suit your taste.

Wine as the Healthier Choice

Studies suggest that resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, functions as an antioxidant that lowers cholesterol levels, prevent blockage in heart vessels, and diabetes. Men who drink at least four to seven glasses also reduce the risks of prostate cancer. Another study found out that if you drink at least a glass of wine per day, you’re less likely to feel depressed.

Drinking wine also goes with French and Mediterranean diet, as it can stimulate the appetite if you drink in moderation. According to WebMD, it slows the stomach’s emptying time and reduces the amount of food that you consume.

The Rise of Drinking Alternatives

Beer still accounts for the largest all pure alcohol consumption in Australia (41%), but other products like wine (37%), spirits (13%), ready-to-drink beverages (7%), and cider (2%) are on the rise. The Apparent Consumption of Alcohol 2012-13 revealed that the lowest drinking record was 4.52 litres in 1947-48, while the highest was 9.22 litres per person in 1974-75. Beer consumption fell in 2009-10, however, as wine continues to take over with 3.81 litres per person.

At present, alcoholic beverages aren’t limited to beer anymore. If you want a different taste, why not go to the nearest restaurant and have a sip of wine along with your food.