Alcohol arithmetic not needed
Stuff the Herald
Rising economic confidence and “aggressive” marketing techniques are the driving factors behind an 8.9 million litre rise in alcohol availability last year, says one concerned health organisation.
That sounds like a lot, but the population is also increasing. So how does the alcohol per capita change? That might take some slight effort to work out, except that Statistics New Zealand puts it in the list of Key Facts for this data release and in the media release
The volume of pure alcohol available per person aged 15 years and over was unchanged, at 9.2 litres. This equates to an average of 2.0 standard drinks per person per day.
So, probably not due entirely to rising economic confidence and aggressive marketing techniques.
Thomas Lumley (@tslumley) is Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Auckland. His research interests include semiparametric models, survey sampling, statistical computing, foundations of statistics, and whatever methodological problems his medical collaborators come up with. He also blogs at Biased and Inefficient See all posts by Thomas Lumley »