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

Australian men are more likely than women to drink at levels that increase their long-term risk of alcohol-related disease or injury.

19% of Australian men abstain from alcohol, compared to 25% of women;55% of men drink at low risk levels (two or less drinks per day), compared to 66% of women; 15% of men drink at risky levels (3-4 drinks per day), compared to 7% of women; and 11% of men drink at high risk levels (5 or more drinks per day), compared to 3% of women.

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.

Long-Term Risk of Alcohol-Related Disease or Injury: Current Australian alcohol guidelines state that long-term risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury increases when you consume an average of three or more standard drinks per day.

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