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4307.0.55.002 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol: Extended Time Series, 1944-45 to 2008-09 Quality Declaration 
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SPIRITS AND READY TO DRINK (PRE-MIXED) BEVERAGES




The quantity of alcohol available for consumption in the form of spirits, including Ready to Drink (pre-mixed) beverages, increased gradually between 1960-61 and 2008-09, with some year to year fluctuations. In 1960-61, apparent per capita consumption of pure alcohol from spirits was 1.1 litres per person aged 15 years and over. By 2008-09 this had increased to 2.0 litres per person, making up around 20% of total per capita consumption of pure alcohol. Of this, around two-thirds were in the form of spirits only (1.3 litres per person) and one-third in the form of Ready to Drink (pre-mixed) beverages (0.7 litres per person).


Graph 10: Apparent per capita consumption of pure alcohol in spirits, 1961 to 2009

TABLE 4: APPARENT CONSUMPTION OF SPIRITS

Pure alcohol available for consumption
Year ended 30 June(b)
Volume

'000 litres
Per capita(a)

litres

1949
na
na
1959
na
na
1969
11 166
1.30
1979
15 402
1.44
1989
21 488
1.66
1999
26 298
1.77
2009(c)
35 921
2.04

na not available
(a) Litres per person aged 15 years and over.
(b) See data cube for all years 1944-45 to 2008-09.
(c) Includes Ready to Drink (pre-mixed) beverages. See data cube for data on Ready to Drink (pre-mixed) beverages.



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