Crime & Violence

This section provides information about the impact of alcohol consumption on crime and violence in Australia, including assaults, verbal abuse, physical abuse, and being put in fear.

The data sources utilised in this section are the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) survey (Australian Institute of Criminology, 2013) and the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2014).

DUMA measures alcohol and other drug use among individuals who have been arrested and detained (detainees). Alcohol-related data are collected via a range of self-reported questions regarding recent and lifetime alcohol use, including whether the detainee had consumed alcohol in the 48 hours prior to their arrest. DUMA is the primary data source available that provides a demographic profile of offenders as well as their alcohol and drug use and its association with criminal activity.

The NDSHS is a triennial general population survey of Australians’ awareness, attitudes and behaviours relating to alcohol and other drug use.  It is the best data source available that can provide national population reports of alcohol-related verbal abuse, physical abuse, and being put in fear.