This section provides information about the ways in which Australians drink alcohol. It addresses how much and how often Australians drink alcohol, the types of alcohol consumed, and the extent to which alcohol is consumed at long- and short-term risky levels.
The primary source of data used in this section is the 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2018). The NDSHS is a triennial general population survey of Australians’ awareness, attitudes and behaviours relating to alcohol and other drug use. It is the best data source available to provide a national population demographic profile of Australians’ drinking behaviours.