4307.0.55.001 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2013-14 Quality Declaration 
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BEER

In 2013-14 there were 75.9 million litres of pure alcohol available for consumption in Australia in the form of beer, an increase of 1.0% from 2012-13 (75.1 million litres).

Full strength beer made up 81.7% of all alcohol in beer available for consumption in 2013-14, followed by mid strength beer (15.1%) and low strength beer (3.2%). In 2008-09, full strength beer accounted for 82.6% of all beer, followed by mid strength beer (12.2%) and low strength beer (5.2%).

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)

2009
4 247
9 862
67 040
81 148
2010
3 872
10 143
65 721
79 736
2011
3 369
10 207
63 751
77 327
2012
2013
2014
2 977
2 710
2 418
10 395
10 769
11 453
62 214
61 638
61 992
75 585
75 116
75 863

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

2009
0.24
0.57
3.87
4.68
2010
0.22
0.57
3.72
4.51
2011
0.19
0.57
3.55
4.31
2012
2013
2014
0.16
0.15
0.13
0.57
0.58
0.61
3.41
3.32
3.28
4.14
4.04
4.01

(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 increased 1.0% between 2012-13 and 2013-14, from 1,730.1 million litres to 1,747.0 million litres. The volume of mid strength beer increased 6.8% while full strength beer increased 0.4%. Low strength beer recorded a decrease (down 9.0%).

TABLE 3: BEER, Volume available for consumption

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

VOLUME ('000 litres)

2009
2010
156 906
144 599
281 793
289 815
1 434 112
1 421 708
1 872 810
1 856 122
2011
128 787
291 579
1 388 451
1 808 817
2012
2013
2014
113 298
102 655
93 367
296 856
307 815
328 885
1 352 258
1 319 621
1 324 731
1 762 411
1 730 091
1 746 982

PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION(b) (litres)

2009
2010
9.05
8.18
16.25
16.39
82.69
80.38
107.98
104.94
2011
7.17
16.24
77.31
100.72
2012
2013
2014
6.21
5.52
4.94
16.26
16.56
17.39
74.07
r71.01
70.04
96.54
r93.10
92.37

r revised (see paragraph 5 of the Explanatory Notes)
(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.