4307.0.55.001 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2015-16  
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BEER

In 2015-16 there were 75.4 million litres of pure alcohol available for consumption in Australia in the form of beer, an increase of 4.5% from 2014-15 (72.1 million litres).

Full strength beer made up 81.3% of all pure alcohol in beer available for consumption in 2015-16, followed by mid strength beer (16.2%) and low strength beer (2.5%).

TABLE 2: BEER, Pure alcohol available for consumption

Year ended 30 June
Low strength(a)
Mid strength(a)
Full strength(a)
Total

VOLUME OF PURE ALCOHOL ('000 litres)

2011
r3 367
10 207
r63 639
r77 213
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2 977
2 710
2 418
1 996
1 856
10 395
10 769
11 453
11 165
12 236
62 214
61 638
61 992
58 941
61 279
75 585
75 116
r75 862
72 102
75 371

PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION OF PURE ALCOHOL(b) (litres)

2011
0.19
0.57
r3.54
r4.30
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
0.16
0.15
0.13
0.10
0.10
0.57
0.58
0.61
0.58
0.63
3.41
r3.31
3.28
3.07
3.15
4.14
4.04
4.01
3.76
3.87

r revised (see paragraph 5 and 6 of the Explanatory Notes).
(a) See paragraph 17 of the Explanatory Notes for definitions of low, mid and full strength beer.
(b) Litres per person aged 15 years and over.


The volume of beer available for consumption increased 4.9% between 2014-15 and 2015-16, from 1,660.5 million litres to 1,742.4 million litres. The volume of mid strength beer increased 9.6% while full strength beer increased 4.5%. Low strength beer recorded a decrease (down 6.9%).

TABLE 3: BEER, Volume available for consumption

Year ended 30 June
Low strength(a)
Mid strength(a)
Full strength(a)
Total

VOLUME ('000 litres)

2011
r128 692
291 579
r1 386 017
r1 806 287
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
113 298
102 655
r93 366
75 861
70 628
296 856
307 815
328 885
319 046
349 746
1 352 258
1 319 621
r1 324 729
1 265 599
1 322 014
1 762 411
1 730 091
r1 746 979
1 660 505
1 742 389

PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION(b) (litres)

2011
7.17
16.24
r77.17
r100.57
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
r6.20
5.52
4.94
3.95
3.62
16.26
r16.55
17.39
16.62
17.95
r74.05
r70.95
r70.05
65.92
67.85
r96.51
r93.02
r92.38
86.49
89.43

r revised (see paragraph 5 and 6 of the Explanatory Notes)
(a) See paragraph 17 of the Explanatory Notes for definitions of low, mid and full strength beer.
(b) Litres per person aged 15 years and over.