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Alcohol and Tobacco Available for Consumption: Year ended December 2008
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  20 February 2009
Highlights

In the December 2008 year:

  • The total volume of alcoholic beverage available for consumption rose 3.4 percent, to 486.4 million litres.
  • The volume of pure alcohol available per person aged 15 years and over is the highest since 1994 (9.5 litres).
  • Beer available for consumption reached 322.5 million litres, up 3.3 percent from 2007.
 
  • The volume of wine available for consumption increased 2.3 percent, to 94.2 million litres.
  • The availablility of spirit-based drinks (less than 23 percent alcohol content) increased 4.3 percent, to 59.2 million litres.
  • The number of cigarettes available for consumption increased 4.3 percent, to 2.5 billion.
 

Graph, Total Volume of Alcoholic Beverage Available for Consumption.  

 

 Dallas Welch (Mrs) 20 February 2009  
 Acting Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0401 
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