NZ alcohol sales continue continue to climb Last updated 10:30, May 30 2018 123rf
Alcohol has become more affordable than ever before, a new report shows.
Sales for the liquor industry continue to soar.
In the 12 months to March, alcohol sales reached $1.6 billion – a $200 million increase from last year, Statistics New Zealand figures show.
A report on the affordability of alcohol by the Health Promotion Agency, released last month, shows the average price per standard alcoholic drink had not changed much since 2012, but beer and whisky from off-licensed premises became slightly cheaper per standard drink in 2017.
In 2017, all alcoholic beverage types, but especially wine, were more affordable than ever before, as average hourly earnings were increasing at a faster rate than alcohol prices.
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Beer, spirits and liqueurs were 10 per cent more affordable than 2012.
Alcohol sales first hit the $1b mark in 2008, and have been rising since.
The biggest leap in sales for the liquor industry happened last year.
Supermarket sales in general have set a record this year.
In the first three months of 2018, Kiwis bought nearly $5.9b worth of groceries, including alcohol. That is $339 million, or 6.2 per cent, more than the amount spent over that time last year. Ad Feedback
One in 5 adults drank alcohol in a way that could harm themselves or others, last year’s annual health survey by the Ministry of Health says.
Despite there being more non-drinkers in the most socio-economically deprived areas, adult drinkers in the most deprived areas were nearly twice as likely to be hazardous drinkers than adult drinkers in the least deprived areas.
Learn more about the information shown above, and explore more charts, at Figure.NZ’s site. – Stuff

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