West Australians spend on average $835 a year on beer and $11 a year on sunscreen, figures show.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released summer statistics yesterday, offering a snapshot of Australians and their social habits.

West Australians spent nearly $180 more than the national average on beer and $3 more on sunscreen.

Cancer Council WA director of education and research Terry Slevin said he was not surprised by the figure on beer but was shocked to hear West Australians spent so little on sunscreen.

“People maybe need to rethink their investments,” he said.

“An investment in the prevention of skin cancer and staying away from known causes of cancer like alcohol and tobacco will save all Australians millions of dollars in the long run.”

Mr Slevin said a recent report found non-melanoma skin cancers alone cost the nation nearly $600 million in treatment.

The statistics also showed WA households spent $133 a year on ice-confectionery, including ice-cream.

WA people also spent $3184 a year on international and domestic trips.

The national average for holiday spending was $2736, with New Zealand, the US and Indonesia the top destinations for short-term travel.

Other WA spending included $35 a year on Christmas decorations and $85 a year on outdoor and garden furniture.

The West Australian

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