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4307.0.55.001 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2002-03  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/09/2004   
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This publication provides estimates of the quantity of beer, wine and spirits available for consumption for the years 1996-97 to 2002-03. It also includes an estimate of the apparent consumption of these products by persons aged 15 years and over.

KEY POINTS

The quantity of pure alcohol available for consumption increased 9.6% from 141.6 million litres in 1996-97 to 155.2 million litres in 2002-03. The apparent per person consumption of pure alcohol by persons 15 years and over rose from 9.77 litres in 1996-97 to 9.84 litres in 2002-03, a 1% increase (table 3). This was due to an increase in the consumption of alcohol in the form of wine and spirits (10% and 9% respectively). Apparent consumption per person of alcohol in beer decreased by 7% over the same period.

The quantity of beer available for consumption increased from 1,760 million litres in 1996-97 to 1,809 million litres in 2002-03, a 3% increase. However, a 9% increase in the number of people 15 years and over during this period, led to a decrease in the apparent per person consumption of beer, by that group, of 6% from 121.4 litres in 1996-97 to 114.7 litres in 2002-03 (table 1). The quantity of wine available for consumption rose from 349.7 million litres in 1996-97 to 423.8 million litres in 2002-03, a 21% increase, with the apparent per person consumption of wine by people 15 years and over increasing by 11.6% from 24.1 litres to 26.9 litres (table 2).


Table 1 Beer available for consumption and apparent per person consumption by persons 15 years and over -
Years ended 30 June

1996-97(a)
1997-98(a)
1998-99(a)
1999-2000
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03

Available for consumption
('000 litres)
Low alcohol (>1.15% and =< 3.8%)
r443,175
r462,028
r468,179
489,016
Other (>3.8%)
r1,316,704
r1,298,185
r1,290,812
1,272,428
Low strength (>1.15% and =<3.0%)
234,429
229,959
235,533
Mid strength (>3.0% and =<3.5%)
197,926
(b)203,796
217,790
Full strength (>3.5%)
1,353,892
(b)1,325,330
1,355,358
Total
r1,759,879
r1,760,213
r1,758,991
1,761,444
1,786,247
1,759,085
1,808,681

Apparent per person consumption by persons 15 years and over
(litres/person)
Low alcohol (>1.15% and =< 3.8%)
30.6
31.5
31.5
32.4
Other (>3.8%)
90.8
88.5
86.8
84.4
Low strength (>1.15% and =<3.0%)
15.3
14.8
14.9
Mid strength (>3.0% and =<3.5%)
12.9
(b)13.1
13.8
Full strength (>3.5%)
88.5
(b)85.3
85.9
Total
121.4
119.9
118.3
116.8
116.8
113.2
114.7

(a) "r" indicates a revision of previously released data.
(b) Mid strength and full strength excise data have been adjusted by the ABS to account for reporting errors in beer strength classification.

Table 2 Wine available for consumption and apparent per person consumption by persons 15 years and over -
Years ended 30 June
1996-97(a)
1997-98(a)
1998-99(a)
1999-2000
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
Dessert wine and sherry
Available for consumption ('000 litres)
r25,732
r24,713
r24,013
23,086
22,269
20,451
20,956
Apparent consumption (15 years and over)
(litres/person)
1.8
1.7
1.6
1.5
1.5
1.3
1.3

Sparkling and carbonated
Available for consumption ('000 litres)
r38,677
r36,023
r37,418
40,238
37,559
36,401
38,951
Apparent consumption (15 years and over)
(litres/person)
2.7
2.5
2.5
2.7
2.5
2.3
2.5

Table wine
Available for consumption ('000 litres)
r279,903
r292,062
r299,729
318,784
335,397
342,224
357,587
Apparent consumption (15 years and over)
(litres/person)
19.3
19.9
20.2
21.1
21.9
22.0
22.7

Vermouth
Available for consumption ('000 litres)
r1,268
r1,590
r1,420
1,588
1,619
1,636
1,272
Apparent consumption (15 years and over)
(litres/person)
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1

Other wine, n.e.i.
Available for consumption ('000 litres)
r4,093
r13,106
r12,900
8,790
4,456
3,524
5,008
Apparent consumption (15 years and over)
(litres/person)
0.3
0.9
0.9
0.6
0.3
0.2
0.3

Total wine
Available for consumption ('000 litres)
r349,674
r367,494
r375,480
392,486
401,299
404,235
423,774
Apparent per person consumption (15 years and over)
(litres/person)
24.1
25.0
25.2
26.0
26.2
26.0
26.9


(a) "r" indicates a revision of previously released data.


Table 3 Alcohol available for consumption and apparent per person consumption by persons 15 years and over, in litres of alcohol -
Years ended 30 June
1996-97(a)
1997-98(a)
1998-99(a)
1999-2000
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
Available for consumption
('000 litres of alcohol)
Beer
r77,155
r76,963
r76,545
76,283
77,521
(b)74,678
78,355
Wine
r39,726
r41,947
r42,739
44,367
45,112
45,270
47,440
Spirit
r24,713
r26,518
r26,298
28,354
31,689
28,204
29,365
Total
r141,594
r145,428
r145,582
149,004
154,322
(b)148,152
155,160

Apparent consumption (15 years and over)
(litres of alcohol/person)
Beer
5.32
5.24
5.15
5.06
5.07
(b)4.80
4.97
Wine
2.74
2.86
2.87
2.94
2.95
2.91
3.01
Spirit
1.70
1.81
1.77
1.88
2.07
1.81
1.86
Total
9.77
9.91
9.79
9.88
10.01
9.53
9.84

(a) "r" indicates a revision of previously released data.
(b) Mid strength and full strength excise data have been adjusted by the ABS to account for reporting errors in beer strength classification.


NOTES


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ROUNDING

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