Are younger or older Australians more likely to experience alcohol-related physical abuse?

Australians aged 18-24 and 25-29 years are the age groups most likely to experience physical abuse by someone under the influence of alcohol. After the age of 29 years, the incidence of alcohol-related physical abuse declines with age.

In Australia, 4% of 14-17 year olds experienced alcohol-related physical abuse in the past 12 months, compared to 12% of 18-24 year olds; 11% of 25-29 year olds; 8% of 30-39 year olds; 8% of 40-49 year olds; 6% of 50-59 year olds; 4% of 60-69 year olds; and 3% of 70+ year olds.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2018).

Please note: Between 2% and 11% of survey participants in each age group chose not to respond to this question.

Physical Abuse: An act which causes pain and/or injury to the victim.

Under the Influence of Alcohol: There is no single objective standard for being under the influence of alcohol. Similarly, data sources used in the NADK do not provide a definition of this term. It is popularly understood as referring to an individual who has consumed enough alcohol to impair their mental, physical, and/or cognitive faculties. However, definitions and standards may vary between jurisdictions, sectors and organisations.