Are employed men or women in Australia more likely to drink at levels that increase their long-term risk of alcohol-related disease or injury?

Employed Australian men are more likely than employed women to drink at levels that increase their long-term risk of alcohol-related disease or injury.

12% of employed Australian men abstain from alcohol; 58% drink at low risk levels (an average of two or less drinks per day); 18% 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); and 13% 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). 14% of employed Australian women abstain from alcohol; 74% drink at low risk levels (an average of two or less drinks per day); 9% 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); and 4% 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).

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.

Employed: Self-employed or working for salary or wages.

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.

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