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4307.0.55.001 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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Beer
In 2009-10 there were 79.7 million litres of pure alcohol available from beer, which is a decrease of 1.7% from 2008–09 (81.1 million litres). Full strength beer made up 82.4% of all beer available for consumption in 2009-10, followed by mid strength beer (12.7%) and low strength beer (4.9%).

Over the past 6 years, the amount of alcohol available for consumption from low strength beer has decreased 37.3% (from 6.2 million litres in 2004–05 to 3.9 million litres in 2009-10), while mid and full strength beer has increased (Table 2).

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)

2005
6 171
8 407
60 497
75 075
2006
5 900
8 767
61 721
76 388
2007
5 381
9 336
63 131
77 849
2008
4 813
9 513
65 170
79 496
2009
4 247
9 862
67 040
81 148
2010
3 872
10 142
65 720
79 734

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

2005
0.38
0.52
3.73
4.62
2006
0.36
0.53
3.74
4.63
2007
0.32
0.56
3.76
4.63
2008
0.28
0.55
3.80
4.63
2009
0.24
0.56
3.82
4.62
2010
0.22
0.57
3.66
4.44

(a) See paragraph 15 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 decreased slightly, from 1,872.8 million litres in 2008–09 to 1,853.6 million litres in 2009–10. The volume of full strength beer decreased 1.0%, while mid strength beer increased 2.8%. Low strength beer also decreased by 7.8% (Table 3).

TABLE 3: BEER, VOLUME AVAILABLE FOR CONSUMPTION

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

VOLUME ('000 litres)

2005
229 080
240 978
1 278 128
1 748 186
2006
218 045
251 676
1 305 476
1 775 198
2007
199 581
268 017
1 337 286
1 804 884
2008
176 984
271 807
1 387 008
1 835 798
2009
156 906
281 793
1 434 112
1 872 810
2010
144 599
289 815
1 419 150
1 853 563

PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION(b) (litres)

2005
14.11
14.84
78.70
107.65
2006
13.21
15.25
79.09
107.54
2007
11.87
15.95
79.56
107.38
2008
10.32
15.84
80.84
107.00
2009
8.93
16.04
81.62
106.59
2010
8.06
16.15
79.09
103.30

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

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