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

Among those not in the labour force, Australian men are more likely than women to drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of alcohol-related injury on a weekly and monthly basis. Men and women who are not in the labour force are equally likely to drink at these levels on a yearly basis. 

29% of Australian men who are not in the labour force abstain from alcohol; 41% drink at low risk levels (4 or less drinks on a single drinking occasion); 8% drink at levels that increase their short-tern risk of alcohol-related injury (5 or more drinks on a single drinking occasion) on a yearly basis; 9% do so on a monthly basis; and 13% do so on a weekly basis. 32% of Australian women who are not in the labour force abstain from alcohol; 49% drink at low risk levels (4 or less drinks on a single drinking occasion); 8% drink at levels that their increase their short-tern risk of alcohol-related injury (5 or more drinks on a single drinking occasion) on yearly basis; 6% do so on a monthly basis; and 5% do so on a weekly basis.

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.

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

Short-Term Risk of Alcohol-Related Injury: An individual’s risk of experiencing alcohol-related harm on a single occasion of drinking, e.g. from alcohol-related accident or injury. Current Australian alcohol guidelines state that drinking five or more standard drinks on any single occasion significantly increases short-term risk of alcohol-related injury.

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