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4307.0.55.001 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2004-05  
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ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

This publication provides estimates of the quantity of beer and wine available for consumption for the financial years 2003-04 and 2004-05. It also includes estimates of the apparent per person consumption of these products by persons aged 15 years and over. Estimates of pure alcohol available for consumption from these products, as well as from spirits, are also included, together with the apparent per person consumption of pure alcohol from these products by persons aged 15 years and over.

KEY POINTS

The total quantity of pure alcohol available for consumption increased by 1.7% from 157.0 million litres in 2003-04 to 159.6 million litres in 2004-05. The apparent per person consumption of pure alcohol by persons aged 15 years and over increased slightly from 9.81 litres in 2003-04 to 9.83 litres in 2004-05, an increase of 0.2% (Table 4).

The quantity of beer available for consumption decreased from 1,760.2 million litres in 2003-04 to 1,748.2 million litres in 2004-05, a decrease less than 0.7%. The quantity of wine available for consumption rose from 439.7 million litres in 2003-04 to 455.9 million litres in 2004-05, a 3.7% increase, with the apparent per person consumption of wine by persons aged 15 years and over increasing by 2.2% from 27.5 litres to 28.1 litres (Table 2).

The quantity of alcohol in the form of spirits consumed by persons aged 15 years and over has increased by 2.9%, driven largely by an increase in Ready to Drink spirit products.

Table 1 BEER, Available For Consumption And Apparent Per Person Consumption By Persons Aged 15 Years And Over -
Years Ended 30 June


2004
2005

Available for consumption
('000 litres)
Low strength (>1.15% and =<3.0%)
229,417
229,080
Mid strength (>3.0% and =<3.5%)
248,835
240,978
Full strength (>3.5%)
1,281,984
1,278,128
Total
1,760,236
1,748,186

Apparent per person consumption by persons 15 years and over
(litres/person)
Low strength (>1.15% and =<3.0%)
14.3
14.1
Mid strength (>3.0% and =<3.5%)
r15.6
14.8
Full strength (>3.5%)
80.1
78.8
Total
r110.0
107.7

"r" indicates revised data (see explanatory notes).


Table 2 WINE, Available For Consumption And Apparent Per Person Consumption By Persons Aged 15 Years And Over -
Years Ended 30 June

2004
2005
Available for consumption ('000 litres)
r439,660
455,913
Apparent per person consumption (15 years and over)
(litres/person)
27.5
28.1

"r" indicates revised data (see explanatory notes).

Table 3 ALCOHOL IN THE FORM OF SPIRITS, Available For Consumption And Apparent Per Person Consumption By Persons Aged 15 Years And Over -
Years ended 30 June


2004
2005

Available for consumption ('000 litres of alcohol)
Ready to Drink pre-mixed spirits
r13,589
15,030
Other spirits
r19,336
19,451
Total spirits
r32,925
34,481

Apparent per person consumption (15 years and over)
(litres of alcohol/person)
Ready to Drink pre-mixed spirits
r0.85
0.93
Other spirits
r1.21
1.20
Total spirits
r2.06
2.12

"r" indicates revised data (see explanatory notes).
Table 4 ALCOHOL, Available For Consumption And Apparent Per Person Consumption By Persons Aged 15 Years And Over -
Years Ended 30 June


2004
2005

Available for consumption
('000 litres of alcohol)
Beer
74,853
74,279
Wine
r49,182
50,804
Spirit
r32,925
34,481
Total
r156,960
159,564

Apparent consumption (15 years and over)
(litres of alcohol/person)
Beer
r4.68
4.58
Wine
3.07
3.13
Spirit
r2.06
2.12
Total
r9.81
9.83

"r" indicates revised data (see explanatory notes).


NOTES

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ROUNDING

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