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Alcohol and Tobacco Available for Consumption: Year ended December 2007
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  22 February 2008
Highlights

In the December 2007 year:

  • The total volume of alcoholic beverage
    available for consumption rose 1.4 percent
    to reach a new high.
  • An increase in spirit-based drinks
    accounted for the rise in the total volume of
    spirits.
  • The volume of pure alcohol available per
    head of population aged 15 years and over,
    decreased for the first time since 2003.
 
  • Beer as a proportion of the total beverage
    available for consumption fell to 66.4
    percent.
  • Wine available for consumption recorded its
    first fall since 2001 and contributed nearly
    one-fifth to the total beverage available.
  • The volume of tobacco available for
    consumption increased to reach a new high
    since the time series began in 1973.
 
 Graph, Total Alcoholic Beverage Available for Consumption.
 
 Geoff Bascand 22 February 2008  
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0401
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