Many Australians drink some alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption is a major cause of road and other accidents, violence, crime, liver injury and brain damage.
According to the National Drug Household Survey in 2013:
- About 1 in 5 alcohol drinkers aged 14 or older had put themselves or others at risk of injury or harm while drinking in the previous 12 months. Driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol was the most common risky activity undertaken.
- Over 1 in 4 Australians aged 14 or older had been a victim of an alcohol related incident in 2013. This included many types of abuse, including verbal abuse.
- About 4 in 5 Australians aged 14 or over reported they had consumer alcohol in the past year and 6.5% said they consumed alcohol on a daily basis.
- Adults aged 18-24 were more likely to binge drink than the rest of the population. Men were more likely to binge drink than women.
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Last reviewed: July 2016