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

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

28% of unemployed Australian men abstain from alcohol, compared to 36% of women. 50% of unemployed Australian men drink at low risk levels (an average of two or less drinks per day), compared to 54% of women. 10% of unemployed Australian men 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 to 5% of women. 12% of unemployed Australian men 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 to 5% of women.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2018).

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.

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

Unemployed: Not currently working and actively seeking employment.