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Alcohol Available for Consumption: Year ended December 2016
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  24 February 2017
Key facts

For the year ended December 2016 compared with the year ended December 2015:

  • The total volume of alcoholic beverage available for consumption rose 4.2 percent, to 474 million litres.
  • The volume of beer available rose 3.7 percent, to 292 million litres.
  • The volume of wine available rose 4.7 percent, to 109 million litres.
  • The volume of spirits (including spirit-based drinks) available rose 5.7 percent, to 73 million litres.
  • The total volume of pure alcohol available for consumption rose 5.1 percent, to 34 million litres. 
  • The volume of pure alcohol available per person aged 18 years and over rose 2.5 percent – to the equivalent of an average of 2.0 standard drinks per person a day.

Graph, Total volume of pure alcohol available for consumption, December years, December 2001 to December 2016. 

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 2230-3278
24 February 2017

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