Health risk factors

The interactive visualisations on this page allow you to compare data across 36 OECD member countries for the following indicators of health risk factors:

  • tobacco consumption
  • alcohol consumption
  • proportion of the population who are overweight (but not obese) (measured)
  • proportion of the population who are obese (measured)
  • proportion of the population who are overweight or obese (measured).

Key findings

In 2017 (or based on the latest year of data):  

Tobacco consumption

  • Australia had the 6th lowest proportion of daily smokers among people aged 15 and over (12%), with Greece ranking highest, at 27%
  • based on the number of cigarettes per smoker, per day, Australia was just below the OECD average, at 13 cigarettes per day compared with the average 14 cigarettes per day

Alcohol consumption

  • Australia was above the OECD average for litres per capita of alcohol consumed by people aged 15 and over, at 9.7 compared with 8.9 litres per capita. The highest amount of alcohol consumed was in Lithuania (13 litres per capita), while the lowest was in Turkey (1.3 litres per capita)

Overweight and obesity

  • based on measured data, Australia ranked 9th out of 23 countries with available data for the proportion of people aged 15 and over who are overweight or obese (63%)—this was greater than the OECD average of 58%
  • when comparing the proportion of overweight and obese men and women across OECD countries, Australia had the 3rd highest proportion of overweight and obese men (71%), behind the United States and Chile (both 74%). The proportion of overweight and obese women in Australia was 11th highest out of 23 countries (56%)—slightly higher than the OECD average of 54% for women.