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

Approximately 14% of Australians (aged 14 years or older) drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of alcohol-related injury on a weekly basis. Twelve percent drink at these levels on a monthly basis, and 11% do so on a yearly basis. The remainder of Australians drink at low risk levels (40%) or completely abstain from alcohol (22%).

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.