Do men or women in Australia drink more alcohol?

Australian men usually drink more alcohol than women on a single occasion of drinking. Women are more likely than men to drink 1-2 standard drinks per occasion, and are also more likely to be abstainers.

On a single occasion of drinking, 21% of Australian men abstain from alcohol consumption, compared to 26% of women. 35% of men consume 2 or less standard drinks, compared to 48% of women. 21% of men consume 3-4 standard drinks, compared to 15% of women. 10% of men consume 5-6 standard drinks, compared to 5% of women. 9% of men consume 7-10 standard drinks, compared to 5% of women. 2% of men consume 11-12 standard drinks, compared to 0.5% of women. 3% of men consume 13 or more standard drinks, compared to 1% of women.

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. In addition, the proportion of abstainers may differ from the proportion presented in the Risky Consumption section due to differences in response rates for this measure.

Single Occasion of Drinking: Any time a person consumes one or more drinks containing alcohol, and during this period of time their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) does not return to zero.

Standard Drink: A drink that contains 10 grams (or 12.5 millilitres) of alcohol.