Drinking Patterns in Australia, 2001-2007
This report, released in December 2010, uses data from the three most recent National Drug Household Surveys to look at trends in alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm, alcohol beverage of choice, and under-age drinking. Using the 2007 data, the report also explores factors that are associated with short-term risky or high-risk drinking behaviour.
The report, funded by DrinkWise Australia, found that consumption at the population level has remained stable over the six year period, with around 83% of the population aged 14 years and over identifying themselves as recent drinkers – with 7 in 10 young people (aged 14-17) revealing their source of alcohol coming from parents or friends. It also found that those who perceive their drinking habit as being harmful to their health were nearly five times as likely to engage in risky drinking behaviour compared with those who rated their drinking as non-harmful. This suggests that there are groups of people that may understand the exposure that they have to harm, but are unable or unwilling to reduce their consumption.
- AIHW – Drinking Patterns in Australia 2001-2007(PDF File – 585k)