How much alcohol do Australians usually drink?

On a single occasion of drinking, the majority of Australians (59%) usually consume 4 or less standard drinks.

On a single occasion of drinking, 41% of Australians consume 2 or less standard drinks; 18% consume 3-4 standard drinks, 8% consume 5-6 standard drinks; 7% consume 7-10 standard drinks; 1% consume 11-12 standard drinks; and 2% consume 13 or more standard drinks. 23% of Australians abstain from alcohol consumption.

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.