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

Australian men are more likely than women to drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of alcohol-related injury on a yearly, monthly and weekly basis.

19% of Australian men and 25% of women abstain from alcohol. 33% of Australian men and 48% of women drink at low risk levels (4 or less drinks). 12% of Australian men and 11% of women drink at risky levels (5 or more drinks) on a yearly basis. 15% of Australian men and 9% of women drink at risky levels (5 or more drinks) on a monthly basis. 21% of Australian men and 8% of women drink at risky levels (5 or more drinks) on a weekly basis.

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.

Short-Term Risk of Alcohol-Related 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.