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There were 189.1 million litres of pure alcohol available for consumption from alcoholic beverages in Australia in 2015-16. This was an increase from the amount available for consumption in 2014-15 (182.7 million litres), which is the first increase since 2006-07.
The volume of pure alcohol available for consumption in the form of beer increased by 4.5% between 2014-15 and 2015-16. The volume of pure alcohol available for consumption in the form of Ready to Drink (pre-mixed beverages) also increased by 3.1% and spirits by 3.6% during this period.
Of all pure alcohol available for consumption in 2015-16, beer contributed 39.9%, wine 37.5%, spirits and RTDs 18.8% and cider 3.8%.
On a per capita basis there were 9.7 litres of pure alcohol available for consumption per person in 2015-16, slightly more than the amount in 2014-15 (9.5 litres), however still less than the amount in 2013-14 (9.8 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, which is unchanged from 2014-15. Note that these figures will overestimate the true level of alcohol consumed as beverages, as adjustments have not been made for storage, wastage and other factors such as for alcohol used in cooking.
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