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4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Aug 2013  
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CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL


KEY SERIES



CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IN QUANTITIES THAT EXCEED LIFETIME RISK/ AT A RISK OR HIGH RISK TO HEALTH IN LONG-TERM (a), Age standardised (b), 18 years and over

2001
2004-05
2007-08
2011-12

%
%
%
%

Consumption of alcohol in quantities:
That exceed lifetime risk (a) (2009 NHMRC guidelines)
Males
29.0
32.2
30.2
28.9
Females
8.5
11.7
11.7
10.1
That present a risk/ high risk to health in long-term (a) (2001 NHMRC guidelines)
Males
13.1
15.2
15.0
13.3
Females
8.5
11.7
11.7
10.1



(a) In 2009, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) published Australian Guidelines: to Reduce Risks from Drinking Alcohol. These guidelines are a revision to 2001 Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol.
In addition to revising consumption levels that constitute 'risky' behaviour, the 2009 guidelines refer to 'lifetime risk', rather than 'long-term risk', as in the 2001 guidelines.
For further information see Glossary (Health).
(b) Proportions have been age standardised to the 2001 Australian population to account for differences in the age structure of the population over time.

Source: ABS data available on request, Australian Health Survey:
ABS data available on request, National Health Survey.



For a historical commentary on this indicator, refer to the January 2013 release of Gender Indicators, Australia (cat. no. 4125.0)



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