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Alcohol and Tobacco Available for Consumption: Year ended December 2004
Embargoed until 10:45pm  –  21 February 2005
Technical notes

General

The statistics contained in this release are a measure of the amounts of alcoholic beverage and tobacco released to the market and therefore available for consumption. They do not necessarily apply to actual consumption. Information is not available to measure the change in level of stocks that may be held pending sale and therefore not yet consumed. The figures also exclude the production of alcoholic beverages by households.

Beer

The volume of beer available for consumption is obtained from New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS) figures on beer produced for local consumption on which duty has been paid, and Statistics New Zealand External Trade Statistics. Domestically produced beer with less than 1.15 percent alcohol content is excluded from these statistics. The estimates of beer available for consumption also excludes beer produced by private individuals with home-brewing equipment.

The volume of alcohol available from beer is calculated using the five categories used to calculate excise duty. These categories being:

  1. Not more than 1.15 percent alcohol volume (External Trade Statistics only).
  2. More than 1.15 percent but not more than 2.5 percent alcohol volume.
  3. More than 2.5 percent but not more than 4.35 percent alcohol volume.
  4. More than 4.35 percent but not more than 5.0 percent alcohol volume.
  5. More than 5.0 percent alcohol volume.

The volume of beverage in each category is multiplied by 0.0115, 0.01825, 0.04, 0.04675, and 0.051, respectively. This converts the volume of beer available for consumption to the volume of alcohol available for consumption.

The factor of 0.04 was chosen to calculate the volume of alcohol available for consumption of beer containing more than 2.5 percent but not more than 4.35 percent alcohol. The majority of beers produced in this range are made up of 4.0 percent alcohol content.

Wine

The volume of wine available for consumption is obtained from NZCS figures on wine produced for local consumption on which duty has been paid, and Statistics New Zealand External Trade Statistics. Domestically produced wine with less than 1.15 percent alcohol content is excluded from these statistics. The estimates of wine available for consumption also excludes wine produced by private individuals with winemaking equipment.

The volume of table wine available is multiplied by 0.11 and the volume of fortified wine is multiplied by 0.18. This calculates the volume of alcohol available in these wines. The results of the "Study of the Alcohol Content of Alcoholic Beverages" conducted by the DSIR between 1976 and 1987 are used to determine the average alcoholic content of table and fortified wine.

Spirits

The volume of spirits and spirit-based beverages available for consumption is obtained from NZCS figures on locally produced/bottled spirits on which duty has been paid, and Statistics New Zealand External Trade Statistics.

The data used to calculate available spirits is expressed in absolute alcohol content. However, spirit-based beverages which have an alcohol content of less than 23 percent are expressed in litres. The volume of alcohol content in spirit-based drinks is calculated using the five categories used to calculate excise duty. These categories are:

  1. Not more than 2.5 percent alcohol volume.
  2. More than 2.5 percent but not more than 6 percent alcohol volume.
  3. More than 6 percent but not more than 9 percent alcohol volume.
  4. More than 9 percent but not more than 14 percent alcohol volume.
  5. More than 14 percent but not more than 23 percent alcohol volume.

The volume of beverage in each category is multiplied by 0.015, 0.045, 0.08, 0.11, and 0.18, respectively. This converts the volume of spirit-based drinks available for consumption to the volume of alcohol available for consumption.  

Alcohol per person

Statistics NZ quarterly population estimates are used.

Cigarettes and tobacco

The amount of cigarettes and tobacco available for consumption is obtained from Statistics NZ external trade statistics and NZCS figures on tobacco products cleared for local consumption on which duty has been paid.

More information

For more information about alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco, follow the links from the Technical notes of this release.

Copyright

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Liability

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Timing

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Alcohol and Tobacco Available for Consumption: Year ended December 2005 will be released in February 2006.

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