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

Australians aged 18-24 years are the age group most likely to be detained by police for alcohol-related assault. Those aged 30-39 years are most likely to be detained for alcohol-related sexual assault.

2% of Australians detained by police for alcohol-related assault were aged 15-17 years; 29% were aged 18-24 years; 18% were aged 25-29 years; 27% were aged 30-39 years; 18% were aged 40-49 years; 6% were aged 50-59 years; 1% were aged 60-69 years; and 0% were aged 70+ years. 0% of Australians detained by police for alcohol-related sexual assault were aged 15-17 years; 8% were aged 18-24 years; 13% were aged 25-29 years; 38% were aged 30-39 years; 17% were aged 40-49 years; 17% were aged 50-59 years; 4% were aged 60-69 years; and 4% were aged 70+ years.

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 detaineeĀ (in the case of DUMA data) or the victim (in the case of NDSHS data).

Assault: An act of physical force or violence.