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Alcohol and Tobacco Available for Consumption: Year ended December 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  19 February 2010
Highlights

For the December 2009 year compared with the December 2008 year unless otherwise stated:

  • The total volume of alcoholic beverage available for consumption declined 3.1 percent, down to 471.1 million litres.
  • The volume of pure alcohol available per person aged 15 years and over fell 2.4 percent to 9.3 litres.
  • Beer available for consumption declined 5.1 percent to 306.2 million litres, led by beer with an alcohol content of between 2.5 and 4.35 percent.
 
  • The volume of wine available for consumption increased 1.1 percent, to 95.3 million litres.
  • The availability of spirit-based drinks (less than 23 percent alcohol content) fell slightly, down 0.1 percent to 59.1 million litres.
  • The number of cigarettes available for consumption declined 4.5 percent, to 2.4 billion.
  Graph, Total Volume of Alcoholic Beverage Available for Consumption
 Geoff Bascand 19 February 2010  
 Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0401 
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