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.

In Australia, 11% of 14-17 year olds were put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol in the past 12 months, compared to 17% of 18-24 year olds; 19% of 25-29 year olds; 12% of 30-39 year olds; 12% of 40-49 year olds; 9% of 50-59 year olds; 6% 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 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.