The consumption of alcohol is widespread within Australia and entwined with many social and cultural activities. However, harmful levels of consumption are a major health issue, associated with increased risk of chronic disease, injury and premature death.
More reports and statistics on alcohol can be found under Alcohol & other drug treatment services, Illicit use of drugs and Smoking.
(17%) people consume alcohol at levels placing them at lifetime risk of an alcohol-related disease or injury
(15%) people have consumed 11 or more standard drinks at least once in the previous 12 months
(22%) Australians aged 14 and over reported being a victim of an alcohol-related incident in 2016. This has declined from 29% in 2010
(26%) people have consumed alcohol at levels placing them at risk of harm on a single occasion, at least monthly
of 12–17 year olds reported abstaining from alcohol in 2016—a significant increase from 72% in 2013
of drug treatment episodes in 2015–16 were primarily for alcohol, making it the most commonly treated drug in Australia
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