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released: 29 Sep 2011 author: AIHW

This report outlines the steps involved to develop a consistent measure for analysing the 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey alcohol data. The report details the methods and questions used for reporting single occasion risk and lifetime risk in line with the National Health and Medical Research Council's Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol. The development of these new guidelines impacted interpretation of the proportion of the population drinking alcohol at risky levels.

ISSN 1442-7230; ISBN 978-1-74249-205-6; Cat. no. PHE 152; 30pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments  
    • Abbreviations  
    • Summary
      • Methods and models
      • Results
      • Future work
    • Introduction
      • Purpose
      • Background
      • Major changes to the guidelines
      • Consultation

  • Body content
    • Methodological challenges in measuring alcohol consumption
    • Methods and models considered for reporting alcohol data
    • Summary of advice
      • Questions used to assess alcohol consumption
    • Analysis of the 2009 Guidelines
      • Preferred method for reporting single occasion risk and lifetime risk
        • Reducing the risk of injury on a single occasion of drinking
        • Reducing the risk of alcohol-related harm over a lifetime
        • Children, young people and pregnant or breastfeeding women
      • How does this affect reporting?
        • How does the change in the guidelines impact the NDSHS reports?
        • Long-term risk vs lifetime risk
        • Short-term risk vs single occasion risk
    • Options for the future
  • End matter
    • Appendix 1: Stakeholders consulted
    • Appendix 2: Methods considered for measuring alcohol consumption
    • Appendix 3: Lifetime risk and single occasion risk calculation (detailed description)
      • Guideline 1: Reducing the risk of alcohol-related harm over a lifetime
      • Guideline 2: Reducing the risk of injury on a single occasion of drinking
    • Related publications
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Measuring alcohol risk in the 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: implementation of the 2009 Alcohol Guidelines. Drug statistics series no. 26. Cat. no. PHE 152. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 25 October 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420094>.