Do more younger or older Australians report alcohol-related violence to the police?

Australians aged 30-49 years are the most likely to report alcohol-related violence to the police, while those aged 14-17 years are the least likely to do so.

6%* of Australians aged 14-17 years who experienced alcohol-related violence in the past 12 months reported it to the police, compared to 7% of 18-24 year olds; 12% of 25-29 year olds; 15% of 30-39 year olds; 15% of 40-49 year olds; 14% of 50-59 year olds; 10% of 60-69 year olds; and 10% of 70+ year olds.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2021).

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

Alcohol-Related Violence: An incident of physical abuse, verbal abuse or being put in fear, in which the perpetrator or victim reports that alcohol use contributed to the violence.

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

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

Verbal Abuse: Speech which is designed to humiliate, degrade, demean, intimidate, or subjugate (including the threat of physical violence).