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4307.0.55.001 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2005-06  
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ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

This publication provides estimates of the quantity of beer and wine available for consumption for the financial years 2003-04 to 2005-06. 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.

KEY POINTS

The total quantity of pure alcohol available for consumption increased by 1.7% from 159.6 million litres in 2004-05 to 162.2 million litres in 2005-06. The apparent per person consumption of pure alcohol by persons aged 15 years and over has increased slightly (0.1%) from 9.83 to 9.84 litres of alcohol between 2004-05 and 2005-06, after increasing from 9.81 litres in 2003-04 (Table 4).

The quantity of beer available for consumption increased from 1,748.2 million litres in 2004-05 to 1,767.2 million litres in 2005-06, an increase of 1.1%. The apparent consumption of beer by persons aged 15 years and over has continued to decrease (Table 1).

The quantity of wine available for consumption has risen from 455.9 million litres in 2004-05 to 461.9 million litres in 2005-06, a 1.3% increase, with the apparent per person consumption of wine by persons aged 15 years and over decreasing from 28.1 to 28.0 litres of wine over the same period (Table 2).

The quantity of alcohol in the form of spirits available for consumption increased from 34.5 million litres of alcohol in 2004-05 to 35.5 million litres of alcohol in 2005-06, an increase of 3.1%. This was driven by an increase (9.0%) in Ready to Drink spirit products, along with a decrease (1.5%) in other spirits. The apparent consumption of alcohol in the form of spirits by persons aged 15 years and over increased by 1.4% from 2.12 to 2.15 litres of alcohol between 2004-05 and 2005-06 (Table 3).



Table 1 BEER (a), Available for Consumption and Apparent Per Person Consumption by Persons aged 15 years and over -

Years ended 30 June
2004
2005
2006
Available for consumption ('000 litres)
Low strength (>1.15% and =<3.0%)
229,417
r229,081
216,002
Mid strength (>3.0% and =<3.5%)
248,835
r240,979
250,090
Full strength (>3.5%)
1,281,984
1,278,128
1,301,087
Total
r1,760,235
r1,748,187
1,767,180
Apparent per person consumption by persons 15 years and over
(litres/person)
Low strength (>1.15% and =<3.0%)
14.3
14.1
13.1
Mid strength (>3.0% and =<3.5%)
15.6
14.8
15.2
Full strength (>3.5%)
80.1
r78.7
78.9
Total
110.0
107.7
107.2

(a) Beer available for consumption in 2003-04 and after may not be directly comparable with previous years data (see explanatory notes).
"r" indicates revised data (see explanatory notes).



Table 2 WINE, Available for Consumption and Apparent Per Person Consumption by Persons aged 15 years and over -
Years ended 30 June
2004
2005
2006
Available for consumption ('000 litres)
r439,578
r455,906
461,865
Apparent per person consumption (15 years and over) (litres/person)
27.5
28.1
28.0

"r" indicates revised data (see explanatory notes).


Table 3 ALCOHOL IN THE FORM OF SPIRITS, Available for Consumption and Apparent Per Person Consumption by Persons aged 15 years and over -

Years ended 30 June

2004
2005
2006
Available for consumption ('000 litres of alcohol)
Ready to Drink pre-mixed spirits
13,589
15,030
16,383
Other spirits
19,336
19,451
19,154
Total spirits
32,925
34,481
35,537
Apparent per person consumption (15 years and over)
(litres of alcohol/person)
Ready to Drink pre-mixed spirits
0.85
0.93
0.99
Other spirits
1.21
1.20
1.16
Total spirits
2.06
2.12
2.15


Table 4 ALCOHOL, Available for Consumption and Apparent Per Person Consumption by Persons aged 15 years and over -
Years ended 30 June
2004
2005
2006
Available for consumption ('000 litres of alcohol)
Beer (a)
74,853
74,279
75,371
Wine
r49,170
r50,803
51,320
Spirit
32,925
34,481
35,537
Total
r156,948
r159,563
162,227
Apparent consumption (15 years and over)
(litres of alcohol/person)
Beer (a)
4.68
4.58
4.57
Wine
3.07
3.13
3.11
Spirit
2.06
2.12
2.15
Total
9.81
9.83
9.84

(a) Beer available for consumption in 2003-04 and after may not be directly comparable with previous years data (see explanatory notes).
"r" indicates revised data (see explanatory notes).

NOTES

GENERAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT

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ROUNDING

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