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Alcohol Available for Consumption: Year ended December 2012
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  25 February 2013
Key facts

For the year ended December 2012 compared with the year ended December 2011:

  • The total volume of alcoholic beverage available for consumption decreased 3.3 percent, to 457 million litres.
  • The volume of beer available fell 6.6 percent, to 280 million litres.
  • The volume of pure alcohol available for consumption fell 0.6 percent, to 33 million litres.
  • The volume of pure alcohol available per person aged 15 years and over fell 1.7 percent to 9.3 litres. This is equivalent to an average of 2.0 standard drinks per person per day.

Graph, Total volume of alcoholic beverage available for consumption, by type, 1997 to 2012.  

Clare Ward
Acting Government Statistician
25 February 2013
ISSN 2230-3278
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