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Alcohol Available for Consumption: Year ended December 2011
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  24 February 2012
Key facts

For the year ended December 2011 compared with the year ended December 2010:

  • The total volume of alcoholic beverage available for consumption decreased 0.3 percent to 472 million litres.
  • The volume of alcoholic beverage rose in the June 2011 and September 2011 quarters, up 7.5 percent and 7.2 percent respectively, compared with the same quarters in 2010.
  • The volume of pure alcohol available for consumption fell 0.3 percent to 33 million litres.
  • The volume of pure alcohol available per person aged 15 years and over fell 1.0 percent to 9.5 litres. This is equivalent to an average of 2.1 standard drinks per person per day.

 Graph, Total volume of alcoholic beverage available for consumption, by type, 1996–2011

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician
24 February 2012
ISSN 2230-3278

 

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