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Alcohol Available for Consumption: Year ended December 2015
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  26 February 2016
Key facts

For the year ended December 2015 compared with the year ended December 2014:

  • The total volume of alcoholic beverage available for consumption fell 0.4 percent, to 455 million litres.
  • The volume of beer available showed little change, down 0.1 percent, to 282 million litres.
  • The volume of wine available fell 3.3 percent, to 104 million litres.
  • The volume of spirits (including spirit-based drinks) available rose 3.0 percent, to 69 million litres.
  • The total volume of pure alcohol available for consumption fell 2.2 percent to 32 million litres. 
  • The volume of pure alcohol available per person aged 18 years and over fell 4.1 percent to 9.2 litres per year. This is equivalent to an average of 2.0 standard drinks per person per day.

Graph, Total volume of pure alcohol available for consumption, by beverage type, 2000–15.  

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 2230-3278
26 February 2016

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