Wholesalers that trade alcohol in the NT provide data on the volume of alcohol supplied to licensed retailers by product type.

This volume is multiplied by its estimated fraction of alcohol content so that the amount of pure alcohol associated with each product type can be compared.

Get more information about wholesale alcohol supply on the Department of Attorney-General and Justice website.

Per capita consumption in the NT

Consumption based on wholesale supply

Population estimates

Number of people in the NT 204,098 201,755 205,351 209,630 220,708 221,932 220,915 226,737

As the NT is a major centre for tourism, the total population likely to be drinking is derived by adding the estimates of the NT interstate and international tourist numbers (refer to 1 below) to the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates  of the NT population aged 15 years and over (refer to 2 below).

  1. Based on calendar year estimates from Tourism Research Australia of interstate and international tourist nights for tourists aged 15 years and over.
  2. Based on annual estimates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publication: 3235.0 – Regional Population by Age and Sex, Australia, 2017.

Consumption exceeding guidelines

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has guidelines for reducing the health risks of alcohol consumption.

These guidelines recommend no more than two standard drinks per day to reduce the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury.

Find out more about the guidelines on the National Health and Medical Research Council’s website.