Aussies love to have their favourite grog or wine. Who doesn’t enjoy a cold beer to relax, to celebrate, and to hang out with mates? Whether you’re a connoisseur or just like to unwind at a party with friends, we love our lagers, stouts, and beers! We also have a thriving and growing wine industry with famed vineyards exporting all over the world.
We’ve long been known as a beer loving and beer drinking nation. Yet, many of us are shifting from beer to wine. It was in 1788 that Governor Phillip brought vine cuttings from the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa to Australia.
Initially, a lot of settlers failed with early vine-growing efforts, but eventually others succeeded and made the wine available for domestic sale by 1820s. The Australian love for wine started in earnest the 1970s and is still growing nationwide.
Currently, the wine industry of Australia is the world’s fourth largest exporter. An estimated 750 million litres are exported in the international market, and 40% of our harvest is consumed “locally” in Australia. Our Aussie wines are known worldwide for their great taste and quality.
So, aside from the social aspect, what benefits do we get from drinking both beer and wine?
According to WebMD, drinking beer in moderation reduces the risk of having heart problems like heart attacks and heart failure. It also can help in the prevention of stroke, prostate cancer, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, gallstones, type 2 diabetes, kidney stones, and Helicobacter pylori infection.
Wine has been tagged with similar benefits in preventing heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. Wine also helps reduce anxiety, improve digestion, and improve appetite.
While there may be some misconception about us Aussies being such beer lovers, the fact is that there is a big increase in the consumption of wine as well. Regardless of whether we love beer or wine, we can all enjoy the healthy benefits of these favourite beverages.