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

In Australia, unemployed men are more likely than unemployed women to drink alcohol at levels that increase their short-term risk of alcohol-related injury on a weekly and monthly basis. Unemployed men and women are approximately equally as likely to drink at short-term risky levels on a yearly basis.

29% of unemployed Australian men abstain from alcohol; 29% drink at low risk levels (4 or less drinks on a single drinking occasion); 8% drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of alcohol-related injury (5 or more drinks on a single drinking occasion) on a yearly basis; 14% do so on a monthly basis; and 21% do so on a weekly basis. 37% of unemployed Australian women abstain from alcohol; 35% drink at low risk levels (4 or less drinks on a single drinking occasion); 9% drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of alcohol-related injury (5 or more drinks on a single drinking occasion) on a yearly basis; 11% do so on a monthly basis; and 8% do so on a weekly basis.

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.

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.

Unemployed: Not currently working and actively seeking employment.