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There were 183.7 million litres of pure alcohol available for consumption from alcoholic beverages in Australia in 2013-14. This was a marginal increase from the amount available for consumption in 2012-13 (183.6 million litres).
The volume of pure alcohol available for consumption in the form of beer increased by 1.0% and wine by 0.2% between 2012-13 and 2013-14. The volume of pure alcohol available for consumption in the form of Ready to Drink (pre-mixed beverages) decreased by 4.3% and spirits by 3.6% during this period.
Of all pure alcohol available for consumption in 2013-14, beer contributed 41.3%, wine 37.5%, spirits 12.6% and RTDs 6.3%. Cider contributed a further 2.2% (see paragraphs 25 to 36 of the Explanatory Notes for information on how estimates of cider were calculated).
On a per capita basis there were 9.7 litres of pure alcohol available for consumption per person in 2013-14, 1.7% less than the amount in 2012-13 (9.9 litres). As a standard drink consists of 12.5 mls of pure alcohol, this is equivalent to an average of 2.1 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 for alcohol used in cooking.
TABLE 1: PURE ALCOHOL AVAILABLE FOR CONSUMPTION
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