Maximum 12 bottles of wine and two cases of 24 beers… Such are the restrictions on the sale decided on Tuesday by the australian association of liquor stores to address a raid in the shelves because of a fear of a shortage due to the epidemic of Covid-19.
Australians flocked to the stores alcohol due to the announcement of the closure of shops so-called ” non-essential “, among which the bars, to combat the spread of the new coronavirus.
“It is obvious that the uncertainties on the supply (…) have led some to buy differently “, said in a statement announcing the restrictions, Julie Ryan, executive director of Retail Drinks, the professional association of sellers of alcohol.
These “restrictions” stipulate that a client may only emerge as the result of a store with, for example, more than 12 bottles of wine and two packs of 24 beers, or with more than 10 litres of wine and two litres of spirits.
Social networks in Australia have been flooded with video of customers pushing carts full of alcohol.
“We want to send the clear message that stores bottles remain an essential service and that there will be no supply problem. ”
Figures released by the Commonwealth Bank, one of the largest financial institutions in the country, showed that spending on alcohol in the liquor stores had increased to 86 % last week.
“These temporary measures will enable all customers to have access to their favorite beverages when they choose,” said Ms. Ryan.
The Australians are far from being the largest consumer of alcohol in the world.
In a report in 2018 on the consumption of alcohol in the world and its harmful consequences on health, the world health Organization (WHO) indicated that Australians over the age of 15 consumed an average of 10.6 liters of alcohol a year, compared to 15.2 litres for Moldovans or 15 litres for the Lithuanians.