Beer and cider rise in popularity

Last updated 11:51 25/02/2014

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There's more beer and cider available, but spirits appear to be waning in popularity.

Statistics New Zealand figures released this morning show the availability of alcoholic drinks rose by about 8.9 million litres last year.

Beer and wine were responsible for the rise, with non-grape table wine - a class that includes cider - rising by more than 5.2 million litres.

There was about 8.9 million litres more beer available, with medium-strength beers rising most strongly.

But for those into hard liquor, there are about 15 million litres less spirits on shop shelves.

Overall, there were 466 million litres of alcoholic beverages available last year, still shy of the record high of 486 million litres in 2008.

Overall, the quantity of pure alcohol available per person was steady at about 9.2 litres per person.

The statistics measure available drinks not actual consumption.

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