Put In Fear

How common is being put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol in Australia?

In 2016, 11% of Australians (aged 14 years and over) had experienced being put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol in the past 12 months.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

Put in Fear: Feeling threatened and/or afraid for one’s personal safety due to the actions, speech or behaviour of another.

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.

Where are incidents of being put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol likely to occur in Australia?

Being put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol  is most likely to occur in the street (34%), followed by in a pub or club (15%), or at the victim’s home (15%).

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

Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding.

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Put in Fear: Feeling threatened and/or afraid for one’s personal safety due to the actions, speech or behaviour of another.

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.

Are men or women in Australia more likely to experience being put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol?

In 2016, Australian women (14%) were more likely than men (9%) to have experienced being put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol in the past 12 months

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

Put in Fear: Feeling threatened and/or afraid for one’s personal safety due to the actions, speech or behaviour of another.

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.

Are younger or older Australians more likely to experience being put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol?

Australians aged 25-29 years are the age group most likely to experience being put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol. After the age of 29, the incidence of being put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol decreases with age.

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

Please note: Between 2% and 10% of survey participants in each age group chose not to respond to this question.

Put in Fear: Feeling threatened and/or afraid for one’s personal safety due to the actions, speech or behaviour of another.

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.

When a person is put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol in Australia, what is the most likely relationship between the victim and perpetrator?

When Australians are put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol, the perpetrator is not known to them in the majority (68%) of cases.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as participants could choose more than one response.

Put in Fear: Feeling threatened and/or afraid for one’s personal safety due to the actions, speech or behaviour of another.

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.

When a person is put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol in Australia, is the relationship between the victim and perpetrator different for men and women?

For both Australian men and women, most incidents of being put in fear by someone under the influence of alcoholare perpetrated by a stranger. However, women are more likely than men to be put in fear by a spouse/partner, relative, friend, or other person known to them.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as participants could choose more than one response.

Put in Fear: Feeling threatened and/or afraid for one’s personal safety due to the actions, speech or behaviour of another.

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.