Are younger or older Australians more likely to die from alcohol-caused diseases?

Australians aged 50-59 years are the age group most likely to die from alcohol-caused diseases, followed by those aged 60-69 years.

14-17 year olds account for 0.3% of alcohol-caused deaths; 18-24 year olds account for 0.2%; 25-29 year olds account for 1%; 30-39 year olds account for 5%; 40-49 year olds account for 19%; 50-59 year olds account for 30%; 60-69 year olds account for 26%; and 70+ year olds account for 19%. Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 2010 Mortality Data (ABS secondary analysis, 2013).

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 2010 Mortality Data (ABS secondary analysis, 2013).

Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding.

Alcohol-Caused Disease: A disease, disorder or condition which was directly caused by the individual’s own alcohol consumption.

Diseases classified as directly caused by alcohol use include: mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use; alcohol-induced pseudo-Cushing’s syndrome; degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol; special epileptic syndromes; alcoholic polyneuropathy; alcoholic myopathy; alcoholic cardiomyopathy; alcoholic gastritis; alcoholic liver disease; alcohol-induced acute pancreatitis; alcohol-induced chronic pancreatitis; maternal care for (suspected) damage to fetus from alcohol; fetus and newborn affected by maternal use of alcohol; fetal alcohol syndrome (dysmorphic); finding of alcohol in blood; alcohol toxicity; accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol; intentional self-poisoning by and exposure to alcohol; poisoning by and exposure to alcohol, undetermined intent; evidence of alcohol involvement in morbidity/mortality determined by blood alcohol level; evidence of alcohol involvement in morbidity/mortality determined by level of intoxication.