IT'S good news for the SE's wine regions - Australians are more likely to choose a glass of red or white than they are a pint of beer.
Recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that tastes are swinging away from beer and towards wine.
ABS spokesperson Louise Gates said this was a trend that had been happening for a while now.
"Beer is now at its lowest point in 66 years," she said.
"In terms of pure alcohol available for consumption, beer was down 2.3 per cent in 2011-12 (compared with the previous year) while wine rose 1.9 per cent.
"Ready-to-drink beverages have also seen a drop and were down by 2.5 per cent, while spirits have seen the largest fall, down by 4 per cent.
"But the overall picture is that consumption of alcohol in Australia has fallen for a second year in a row."