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4307.0.55.001 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2012-13 Quality Declaration 
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BEER


In 2012-13 there were 75.1 million litres of pure alcohol available for consumption in Australia in the form of beer, a decrease of 0.6% from 2011-12 (75.6 million litres).

Full strength beer made up 82.1% of all beer available for consumption in 2012-13, followed by mid strength beer (14.3%) and low strength beer (3.6%). In 2007-08, full strength beer accounted for 82.0% of all beer, followed by mid strength beer (12.0%) and low strength beer (6.1%).

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)

2008
4 813
9 513
65 170
79 496
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
2 977
2 710
10 395
10 769
62 214
61 638
75 585
75 116

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

2008
0.28
0.56
3.85
4.69
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
0.16
0.15
0.57
0.58
3.41
3.32
4.14
4.04

(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 1.8% between 2011-12 and 2012-13, from 1,762.4 million litres to 1,730.1 million litres. The volume of full strength beer decreased 2.4% while low strength beer decreased 9.4%. Mid strength beer recorded an increase (up 3.7%).

TABLE 3: BEER, Volume available for consumption

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

VOLUME ('000 litres)

2008
2009
176 984
156 906
271 807
281 793
1 387 008
1 434 112
1 835 798
1 872 810
2010
144 599
289 815
1 421 708
1 856 122
2011
128 787
291 579
1 388 451
1 808 817
2012
2013
113 298
102 655
296 856
307 815
1 352 258
1 319 621
1 762 411
1 730 091

PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION(b) (litres)

2008
2009
10.45
9.05
16.04
16.25
81.86
82.69
108.35
107.98
2010
8.18
16.39
80.38
104.94
2011
7.17
16.24
77.31
100.72
2012
2013
6.21
5.52
16.26
16.56
r74.07
71.00
r96.54
93.09

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.




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