What proportion of Australians drink at levels that increase their long-term risk of alcohol-related disease or injury?

Eighteen percent of Australians (aged 14 years and over) drink at levels that increase their long-term risk of alcohol-related disease or injury.

60% of Australians consume alcohol at low risk levels (two or less drinks), and 22% abstain from alcohol. Of the remaining 18%, 11% drink at risky levels (3-4 drinks) and 7% drink at high risk levels (five or more drinks).

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.