Do younger or older Australians drink alcohol more often?

Older Australians typically drink alcohol more frequently than younger Australians: those in older age groups are more likely to drink daily or almost daily than those in younger age groups.

59% of Australians aged 14-17 years abstain from alcohol; and 28% drink 1 day per month or less; 7% drink 2-3 days per month; 4% drink 1-2 days per week; 0.2%** drink 3-4 days per week; and 0.7%* drink 5-6 days per week. 17% of Australians aged 18-24 years abstain from alcohol; 26% drink 1 day per month or less; 23% drink 2-3 days per month; 23% drink 1-2 days per week; 7% drink 3-4 days per week; 2% drink 5-6 days per week; and 1%* drink every day. 17% of Australians aged 25-29 years abstain from alcohol; 25% drink 1 day per month or less; 17% drink 2-3 days per month; 24% drink 1-2 days per week; 11% drink 3-4 days per week; 5% drink 5-6 days per week; and 2% drink every day. 18% of Australians aged 30-39 years abstain from alcohol; 25% drink 1 day per month or less; 15% drink 2-3 days per month; 21% drink 1-2 days per week; 13% drink 3-4 days per week; 6% drink 5-6 days per week; 3% drink every day. 16% of Australians aged 40-49 years abstain from alcohol; 20% drink 1 day per month or less; 12% drink 2-3 days per month; 20% drink 1-2 days per week; 18% drink 3-4 days per week; 8% drink 5-6 days per week; and 6% drink every day. 17% of Australians aged 50-59 years abstain from alcohol; 18% drink 1 day per month or less; 11% drink 2-3 days per month; 19% drink 1-2 days per week; 15% drink 3-4 days per week; 12% drink 5-6 days per week; and 9% drink every day. 21% of Australians aged 60-69 years abstain from alcohol; 18% drink 1 day per month or less; 9% drink 2-3 days per month; 14% drink 1-2 days per week; 12% drink 3-4 days per week; 13% drink 5-6 days per week; and 12% drink every day. 32% of Australians aged 70+ years abstain from alcohol; 17% drink 1 day per month or less; 7% drink 2-3 days per month; 10% drink 1-2 days per week; 9% drink 3-4 days per week; 10% drink 5-6 days per week; and 15% drink every day. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution. ** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2015).

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

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