Alcohol-Related Crime

What proportion of crime in Australia is alcohol-related?

Approximately 39% of crimes for which individuals are detained by police in Australia are alcohol-related.

Source: Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). 2012 Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2013).

Alcohol-Related Crime: A crime is defined as alcohol-related where alcohol use contributed to that crime as indicated by the police detainee (in the case of DUMA data) or the victim (in the case of NDSHS data).

What are the main types of alcohol-related crime in Australia?

Of all crimes which result in police detention in Australia, assaults (59%), vehicle/road traffic offences (57%) and public order offences (57%) are most likely to be alcohol-related. 

Source: Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). 2012 Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2013).

*AVO: Apprehended violence order.

Alcohol-Related Crime: A crime is defined as alcohol-related where alcohol use contributed to that crime as indicated by the police detainee (in the case of DUMA data) or the victim (in the case of NDSHS data).

Are men or women in Australia more likely to be detained by police for alcohol-related crimes?

Australian men are more likely than women to be detained by police for an alcohol-related crime (90% vs.10%, respectively).

Source: Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). 2012 Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2013).

Alcohol-Related Crime: A crime is defined as alcohol-related where alcohol use contributed to that crime as indicated by the police detainee (in the case of DUMA data) or the victim (in the case of NDSHS data).

Are younger or older Australians more likely to be detained by police for alcohol-related crimes?

Australians aged 18-24 years are the age group most likely to report that alcohol use contributed to the crime for which they were detained by police. The likelihood of being detained for an alcohol-related crime tends to decline with age.

Source: Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). 2012 Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2013).

Alcohol-Related Crime: A crime is defined as alcohol-related where alcohol use contributed to that crime as indicated by the police detainee (in the case of DUMA data) or the victim (in the case of NDSHS data).