Among those not in the labour force, are men or women in Australia more likely to drink at levels that increase their long-term risk of alcohol-related disease or injury?

Among Australians not in the labour force, men are more likely than women to drink at levels that increase their long-term risk of alcohol-related disease or injury.

29% of Australian men not in the labour force abstain from alcohol, compared with 32% of women. 52% of Australian men not in the labour force drink at low risk levels (an average of two or less drinks per day), compared with 61% of women. 12% of Australian men not in the labour force drink at risky levels associated with long-term risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury (an average of 3-4 drinks per day), compared with 5% of women. 8% of Australian men not in the labour force drink at high risk levels associated with long-term risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury (an average of five or more drinks per day), compared with 2% of women.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2015).

Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding. All measures of alcohol drinks refer to standard drinks.

Long-Term Risk of Alcohol-Related Disease or Injury: Current Australian alcohol guidelines state that long-term risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury increases when you consume an average of three or more standard drinks per day.

Not in the Labour Force: Engaged in home duties, volunteer/charity work, student, retiree/pensioner, other.

Standard Drink: A drink that contains 10 grams (or 12.5 millilitres) of alcohol.