Volume of pure alcohol available for consumption in New Zealand
By beverage type, 1996–2018, millions of litres of alcohol (calculated)
Spirits with an alcohol content of less than or equal to 23%: Spirit-based drinks. They include RTDs (ready-to-drink beverages), and wines that are spirit based.
Pure alcohol: Ethanol or ethyl alcohol.
Stats NZ exclude domestically produced beer and wine with less than 1.15 percent alcohol content, and alcoholic beverages produced by private individuals at home.
Data provided by
Alcohol Available for Consumption: Litres of Alcohol (Annual-Dec) December 2018
How to find the data
Infoshare > Industry Sectors > Alcohol Available for Consumption - ALC > Litres of Alcohol (Annual-Dec).
All variables were selected to produce this dataset.
Import & extraction details
From the dataset Alcohol Available for Consumption: Litres of Alcohol (Annual-Dec) December 2018, this data was extracted:
- Rows: 3-37
- Columns: 2-16
- Provided: 420 data points
This data forms the table Alcohol - Litres of alcohol available for consumption by type (Annual-Dec) 1984–2018.
Dataset originally released on:
February 26, 2019
About this dataset
The statistics in this release measure how much alcoholic beverage is released to the domestic market, and therefore available for consumption. The statistics do not measure actual consumption. Information is not available to measure the change in the level of stocks that are held before sale and therefore, not yet consumed. The figures also exclude alcoholic beverages produced by households.
This release includes statistics for beer, spirits, spirit-based drinks, and wine (includes cider).
Method of collection/Data provider
The volume of alcohol available for consumption comes solely from administrative data. No direct surveying occurs. Stats NZ obtain information from two sources: New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS) and their own merchandise trade statistics.
NZCS provides figures on beer, spirits, spirit-based drinks, and wine produced for local consumption on which duty is paid; the merchandise trade statistics provide data on imports less re-exports.