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4307.0.55.001 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2006-07 (Reissue) Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/04/2008  Reissue
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SUMMARY

This re-issue corrects a small number of errors in the 'Apparent Consumption of Alcohol 2006-07' publication. This revision has affected some of the data relating to beer and spirits, which has had a flow-on effect to data on total apparent consumption of alcohol.

The revisions are in Table 1, BEER, in the 2006-07 data for the quantity of mid strength beer, and as a result, for full strength beer, and consequently to the apparent per person consumption of these beer types. The two measures for apparent consumption of spirits in Table 3, ALCOHOL IN THE FORM OF SPIRITS, have also been revised. All data relating to spirits have subsequently been revised in Table 5, ALCOHOL, which resulted in the total alcohol available for consumption being revised.

Although the changes to spirits and full strength beer figures have only a small impact on the data, the changes to the mid-strength beer data now show an increase in both the amount available and the apparent consumption of alcohol for mid strength beer between 2005-06 and 2006-07, rather than the previously reported decrease.

ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

This publication provides estimates of the quantity of beer and wine available for consumption for the financial years 2004–05 to 2006–07. It also includes estimates of the annual apparent per person consumption of these products by persons aged 15 years and over. Estimates of pure alcohol available for consumption from these products, as well as from spirits, are also included, together with the apparent per person consumption of pure alcohol from these products by persons aged 15 years and over. The population of 15 years and over enables international comparability of alcohol supply figures but makes no assumption about the actual consumption of alcohol by persons less than 18 years.


NOTE: As a result of excise tariff reform in July 2006, changes have been introduced to the source data for this publication. These changes affect the availability of data on the total volume of beer available for consumption. As a result of these changes, this series is being reviewed and may not be published in future years. If you are a regular user of this publication and would like to comment on the impact of its discontinuation, please email client.services@abs.gov.au by 30 June 2008.

KEY POINTS

The total quantity of pure alcohol available for consumption in alcoholic products continues to increase. Between 2005–06 and 2006–07 the total quantity of pure alcohol in alcoholic drinks available for consumption increased by 1.8% from 163.0 million litres to 166.0 million litres. The apparent per person consumption of pure alcohol by persons aged 15 years and over remained similar between 2004–05 and 2006–07 (Table 5).

The quantity of beer available for consumption increased from 1,767.2 million litres in 2005–06 to 1,789.9 million litres in 2006–07, an increase of 1.3%. The quantity of mid and full strength beer increased (6.7% and 1.8% respectively), while low strength beer decreased 7.8%. The apparent consumption of beer overall by persons aged 15 years and over continues to decrease (Table 1).

The quantity of wine available for consumption rose from 463.2 million litres in 2005–06 to 490.4 million litres in 2006–07, a 5.9% increase, with the apparent per person consumption of wine by persons aged 15 years and over increasing from 28.1 to 29.2 litres of wine over this period (Table 2).

The quantity of alcohol in the form of spirits (excluding Ready to Drink spirits) available for consumption increased by 2.3% between 2005–06 and 2006–2007 (19.4 and 19.8 million litres of alcohol respectively). The apparent consumption of alcohol in the form of spirits (excluding Ready to Drink spirits) by persons aged 15 years and over remained similar (Table 3).

The quantity of alcohol in the form of Ready to Drink pre-mixed products available for consumption increased by 8.0% between 2005–2006 and 2006–2007, from 16.8 million litres to 18.1 million litres of alcohol. There was an increase of 5.9% in apparent consumption of alcohol in the form of Ready to Drink products for persons aged 15 years and over, from 1.0 to 1.1 litres of alcohol per person (Table 4).


Table 1 BEER, Available for Consumption and Apparent Per Person
Consumption by Persons aged 15 years and over -
Years ended 30 June

2005
2006
2007(a)
Available for consumption ('000 litres)
Low strength (>1.15% and =<3.0%)
229,081
216,002
199,047
Mid strength (>3.0% and =<3.5%)
240,979
250,090
266,753
Full strength (>3.5%)
1,278,128
1,301,087
1,324,097
Total
1,748,187
1,767,180
1,789,898
Apparent per person consumption (15 years and over)
(litres/person)
Low strength (>1.15% and =<3.0%)
14.1
13.1
11.9
Mid strength (>3.0% and =<3.5%)
14.8
r15.1
15.9
Full strength (>3.5%)
78.7
r78.8
78.9
Total
r107.6
r107.0
106.6

(a) Due to excise tariff reform in July 2006, data may not be directly comparable with data prior to 2004–05 (see Explanatory notes, paragraph 5).
"r" indicates revised data (see Explanatory notes, paragraph 14).


Table 2 WINE, Available for Consumption and Apparent Per Person Consumption
by Persons aged 15 years and over -
Years ended 30 June

2005
2006
2007
Available for consumption ('000 litres)
455,906
r463,151
490,383
Apparent per person consumption (15 years and over)
28.1
r28.1
29.2
(litres/person)

"r" indicates revised data (see Explanatory notes, paragraph 16).

Table 3 ALCOHOL IN THE FORM OF SPIRITS(a), Available for Consumption and Apparent Per Person
Consumption by Persons aged 15 years and over -
Years ended 30 June

2005
2006
2007
Available for consumption ('000 litres of alcohol)
19,667
19,384
19,827
Apparent per person consumption (15 years and over)
1.21
1.17
1.18
(litres of alcohol/person)

(a) Excludes Ready to Drink pre-mixed spirit products (see Explanatory notes, paragraph 11).

Table 4 ALCOHOL IN THE FORM OF READY TO DRINK PRE-MIXED PRODUCTS(a), Available for Consumption and Apparent Per Person Consumption by Persons aged 15 years and over -
Years ended 30 June

2005
2006
2007
Available for consumption ('000 litres of alcohol)
r15,338
r16,794
18,123
Apparent per person consumption (15 years and over)
r0.94
r1.02
1.08
(litres of alcohol/person)

(a) Ready to Drink pre-mixed products include spirit based, wine based, and other than spirit or wine based products (see Explanatory notes, paragraph 11).
"r" indicates revised data (see Explanatory notes, paragraph 11).

Table 5 ALCOHOL, Available for Consumption and Apparent Per Person
Consumption by Persons aged 15 years and over -
Years ended 30 June

2005
2006
2007
Available for consumption ('000 litres of alcohol)
Beer
74,279
75,371
76,753(a)
Wine
50,803
r51,459
51,276
Spirits(b)
19,667
19,384
19,827
Ready to Drink(c)
r15,338
r16,794
18,123
Total
r160,087
r163,008
165,979
Apparent per person consumption (15 years and over)
(litres of alcohol/person)
Beer
r4.57
r4.56
4.57(a)
Wine
3.13
r3.12
3.05
Spirit(b)
1.21
1.17
1.18
Ready to Drink(c)
r0.94
r1.02
1.08
Total
r9.85
r9.87
9.88

(a) Due to excise tariff reform in July 2006, data may not be directly comparable with data prior to 2004–05 (see Explanatory notes, paragraph 5).
(b) Excludes Ready to Drink pre-mixed spirits (see Explanatory notes, paragraph 11).
(c) Ready to Drink pre-mixed products include spirit based, wine based, and other than spirit or wine based products (see Explanatory notes, paragraph 11).
"r" indicated revised data (see Explanatory notes paragraph 11, paragraph 14 and paragraph 16).


NOTES

GENERAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT


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ROUNDING


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Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

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