2.16 Risky alcohol consumption

This measure reports on the proportion of Indigenous Australians who consume alcohol at risky or high-risk levels.

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Why is it important?

This measure reports on the consumption of alcohol at risky or high‑risk levels. Excessive consumption is associated with health and social problems in most populations. Long‑term excessive consumption is a major risk factor for conditions such as liver disease, pancreatitis, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Binge drinking contributes to injuries, suicide, transport accidents, violence, burns and falls (AHMAC 2017).

Related measures

Data sources

  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • Australian Health Survey
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Social Survey
  • National Hospital Morbidity Database
  • National Mortality Database

References

  • AHMAC 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report. Canberra: AHMAC.