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Australian drinkers get into the spirit of gin

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), January 2009 – December 2013, average annual n=13,253. Base: Alcohol drinkers 18+
While gin has been around since the Middle Ages, recent data shows it has enjoyed a renaissance in Australia over the last five years. Roy Morgan Research takes a closer look at who’s drinking the juniper spirit.

In 2009, 636,000 Aussie adults drank gin in any given four-week period — but by 2013 this figure had grown by almost 50% to 947,000. While slightly more women (483,000) than men (464,000) drank gin in 2013, the spirit’s popularity has risen almost equally among both genders. Men accounted for 49% of gin drinkers last year, just as they did in 2009.

Furthermore, gin’s popularity is growing among all age groups, although the growth is faster in some age groups than others. Whereas 91,000 18-24 year olds drank gin in an average four weeks during 2009, this figure had surged to 175,000 by 2013 — a 92% increase. The number of gin drinkers aged between 25 and 34 also shot up during the same period, from 126,000 to 205,000.

Gin on the rise since 2009


Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), January 2009 – December 2013, average annual n=13,253. Base: Alcohol drinkers 18+

Angela Smith, Group Account Director - Consumer Products, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“In what is sure to be intoxicating news for gin distillers, the last five years have seen an increase in the popularity of the spirit in Australia, particularly among younger drinkers. No doubt contributing to the trend has been the establishment of specialised gin bars over the last few years, such as the Gin Garden in Sydney or the longer-standing Gin Palace in Melbourne, which serve multiple gin brands and gin-based cocktails.

“What’s more, several boutique gin distilleries have sprung up in Australia in recent years, possibly generating interest in the spirit among our more patriotic imbibers.

 “Using Roy Morgan’s revolutionary new profiling tool, Helix Personas, we can now identify with unparalleled accuracy which sectors of society are most likely to be getting into the swing of drinking gin.

“For example, over the last two years, 23% of Drinkers in the ‘Social Flyers’ segment drank gin, compared to 7% of total Drinkers. Social Flyers are highly educated young singles and de factos, and lead high-flying, hectic lifestyles. Living in urban areas, nightclubs, pubs, casinos and concerts are their nocturnal turf and they believe in the value of a few beverages to get a party started – and increasingly their favourite is gin!”

For comments or more information please contact:

Angela Smith, Group Account Director - Consumer Products
Office: +61 (2) 9021 9101

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View our extensive range of Alcohol Profiles, including our Spirits Drinker Profile or our Gin Drinker Profile. These profiles provide a broad understanding of the target audience, in terms of demographics, attitudes, activities and media usage in Australia.

Learn more about Helix Personas here.

About Roy Morgan Research

Roy Morgan Research is the largest independent Australian research company, with offices in each state of Australia, as well as in New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom. A full service research organisation specialising in omnibus and syndicated data, Roy Morgan Research has over 70 years’ experience in collecting objective, independent information on consumers.

In Australia, Roy Morgan Research is considered to be the authoritative source of information on financial behaviour, readership, voting intentions and consumer confidence. Roy Morgan Research is a specialist in recontact customised surveys which provide invaluable and effective qualitative and quantitative information regarding customers and target markets.

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