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4307.0.55.001 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/06/2011   
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Summary
There were 184.0 million litres of pure alcohol available for consumption from alcoholic beverages in Australia in 2009–10. This was 0.7% more than the amount available for consumption in 2008–09 (182.7 million litres).

The increase was comprised of increases from wine (up 4.3%) and spirits (up 0.7%), and decreases from beer (down 1.7%) and Ready to Drink (pre-mixed) beverages (down 1.9%).

Of all pure alcohol available for consumption in 2009–10, beer contributed 43.3%, wine 37.2%, spirits 12.5% and RTDs 7.0%.

On a per capita basis, there were 10.3 litres of pure alcohol available for consumption per person in 2009–10, which is less that in 2008–09. As a standard drink consists of 12.5 mls of pure alcohol, this is equivalent to an average of 2.2 standard drinks per day per person aged 15 years and over. Note that these figures will overestimate the true level of alcohol consumed as beverages, as adjustments cannot be made for wastage and other factors such as the alcohol used in cooking.

TABLE 1: PURE ALCOHOL AVAILABLE FOR CONSUMPTION

Year ended 30 June
Beer
Wine
Spirits
RTDs(a)
Total

VOLUME OF PURE ALCOHOL ('000 litres)

2005
75 075
57 275
19 667
15 338
167 355
2006
76 388
58 311
19 154
16 383
170 236
2007
76 849
62 263
19 355
18 123
177 590
2008
79 496
62 807
20 160
18 693
181 156
2009
81 148
65 600
22 865
13 056
182 669
2010
79 734
68 452
23 023
12 811
184 021

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

2005
4.62
3.53
1.21
0.94
10.31
2006
4.63
3.53
1.16
0.99
10.31
2007
4.63
3.70
1.15
1.08
10.57
2008
4.63
3.66
1.17
1.09
10.56
2009
4.62
3.73
1.30
0.74
10.40
2010
4.44
3.81
1.30
0.70
10.25

(a) Ready to Drink (pre-mixed) beverages.
(b) Litres per person aged 15 years and over.


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