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9 All alcohol available for consumption in a particular year is therefore assumed to have been consumed in that year.
10 Import clearance data are used in this publication to measure the quantity of alcohol imported into Australia. Import clearances relate to goods which are brought into Australia directly for home consumption, plus goods cleared from a bonded warehouse (that is, goods cleared into the Australian market for home consumption following payment of duty). Refer to International Merchandise Trade, Australia: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2001 (cat. no. 5489.0) for more information.
12 Data provided by the ATO are administrative by-product data collected for the levying of excise tariffs.
13 Data relating to domestic sales of Australian produced wine is obtained directly by the ABS from winemakers. See Shipments of Wine and Brandy in Australia by Australian Winemakers and Importers (cat. no. 8504.0) for more information.
14 Estimates of the volume and alcohol strength of beer available for consumption are obtained from import clearance data and excise data on Australian production, as well as an estimated amount for home production.
15 Changes were made to the excise data for beer provided by the ATO due to excise tariff reform in July 2006. Since then, only data on the dutiable quantity of alcohol in beer is provided to the ABS by the ATO. Data on the first 1.15% of alcohol in beer (which does not attract excise), and data on the total volume of beer, is no longer available, therefore this data is estimated using separate strength estimates for packaged and tap beer for each of the three beer strengths. This means the total quantity of alcohol and total volume of beer available for consumption, and apparent per capita consumption for beer, may not be directly comparable with data before 2006–07. The table below shows the average alcohol strengths of domestically produced beers for 2004-05 to 2009-10.
ALCOHOL CONTENT OF DOMESTICALLY PRODUCED BEER, 2004-05 to 2009-10
16 As a result of excise tariff reform in July 2006, beer brewed on commercial premises for non-commercial purposes was not separately identified previously was introduced to the ATO collection. Beer less than 3%volume of alcohol is included in low strength beer, while beer greater than 3% volume of alcohol is included in full strength beer (as the amount of mid strength beer brewed on commercial premises for non-commercial purposes is negligible).
ALCOHOL CONTENT OF BEER, included in type of beer
17 Prior to 2008-09, figures for beer included an estimated component for home production which was based on the survey Home Production of Selected Foodstuffs, Australia (cat. no. 7110.0), conducted in 1992. After a review into the estimated component for home production, incorporating advice from the industry, the estimate for the home production of beer was marginally increased from 2.1% of total beer available for consumption to 2.2%.
18 In preparing the 2008–09 issue of Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, ABS undertook a comprehensive review of the alcohol content of wine in recognition of the effect that changing environmental conditions, industry practices and consumer preferences have had on wine. The review resulted in an increase of 1.9 percentage points for the average alcohol content of table wine, from 10.8% to 12.7% (12.2% and 13.4% for white and red table wines, respectively). The alcohol strength of sparkling and carbonated wine also increased while the alcohol content of vermouth decreased.
19 Research by the Australian Wine Research Institute (Godden and Gishen, 2005) indicates that, overall, the average alcohol content of wines in Australia have increased since the mid 1980s. As a result, for the publication, Apparent Consumption of Alcohol: Extended Time Series, 1944–45 to 2008–09 (cat. no. 4307.0.55.002), assumptions used in the calculation of alcohol in table wine were revised back to 1980-81. This was done by interpolating between the previous assumption for alcohol content of table wine (10.8% in 1979-80) and the new level (around 12.7% for red and white wine combined, in 2008-09). As volumes of red and white wine are available from 2000-01 onwards, separate assumptions were made for red and white wine for these years. Similarly, the alcohol content of sparkling wines was assumed to increase linearly between 1979-80 (10.6%) and 2008-09 (11.2%). The same time series data for wine is used in this annual publication. Assumed concentrations of alcohol in wine for the previous 6 years are listed in the following table.
ALCOHOL CONTENT OF WINE, 2007-08 to 2009-10
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ROUNDING OF DATA
26 Percentage movements have been calculated using un-rounded numbers, and may be different from movements obtained from the rounded numbers presented in the tables.
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