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4714.0.55.005 - Revised 2002 and 2008 NATSISS alcohol data by risk level, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 2013  
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NATSISS ALCOHOL DATA BASED ON 2009 NHMRC GUIDELINES


LIFETIME RISK OF HARM

In the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS), around one in six (17%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over were drinking at levels that put them at lifetime risk of harm, with a similar proportion (19%) reported in 2008. In both survey years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males were significantly more likely than females to have exposed themselves to lifetime risk of harm from drinking alcohol.

Between 2002 and 2008, the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who had abstained from drinking alcohol in the last 12 months decreased from 38% to 35%. There were no other statistically significant changes in rates over this period.

3.1 Lifetime risk of harm(a)(b), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over, 2002 and 2008
2002
2008
Males
Females
Persons
Males
Females
Persons

Exceeds guidelines(c)
%
(d)25.5
(d)9.5
17.2
(d)29.1
(d)10.1
19.2
Does not exceed guidelines(e)
%
44.3
43.9
44.1
(d)42.4
(d)46.1
44.3
Has not consumed alcohol in last 12 months(f)
%
(d)29.5
(d)45.9
(g)38.0
(d)26.5
(d)43.0
(g)35.1
Total(h)
%
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Persons aged 15 years and over
no.
135 200
147 000
282 200
156 100
171 000
327 100

(a) Risk levels reflect the 2009 NHMRC Guidelines for alcohol consumption. One standard drink contains 12.5 mls of alcohol.
(b) The same guidelines apply to both males and females.
(c) Consumed more than 2 standard drinks.
(d) Difference between male and female rate for same survey year is statistically significant.
(e) Consumed up to and including 2 standard drinks.
(f) Includes people who have never consumed alcohol.
(g) Difference between 2002 and 2008 rate is statistically significant.
(h) Includes people for whom level of alcohol consumption was not stated.

Source: 2002 and 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Surveys


SINGLE OCCASION RISK OF HARM

In the 2002 NATSISS, around one in three (35%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over were drinking at levels that had put them at risk of harm on at least one occasion in the two weeks prior to interview. A similar proportion (38%)of people were at short-term risk of harm in 2008. In both survey years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males were significantly more likely than females to have exposed themselves to risk of harm by exceeding the 2009 NHMRC Guidelines on single occasion alcohol consumption.

Between 2002 and 2008, the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who had abstained from drinking alcohol in the two weeks prior to interview decreased from 53% to 49%. While there were decreases for both males (from 43% to 38%) and females (from 63% to 60%), only the change for males was statistically significant.

3.2 Single occasion risk of harm(a)(b), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over, 2002 and 2008
2002
2008
Males
Females
Persons
Males
Females
Persons

Exceeds guidelines(c)
%
(d)47.2
(d)23.8
35.0
(d)50.0
(d)26.9
37.9
Does not exceed guidelines(e)
%
(d)9.3
(d)13.1
11.3
11.1
12.4
11.8
Has not consumed alcohol in the last two weeks(f)
%
(d)(g)43.1
(d)62.7
(g)53.3
(d)(g)37.6
(d)60.3
(g)49.5
Total(h)
%
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Persons aged 15 years and over
no.
135 200
147 000
282 200
156 100
171 000
327 100

(a) Risk levels reflect the 2009 NHMRC Guidelines for alcohol consumption. One standard drink contains 12.5 mls of alcohol.
(b) The same guidelines apply to both males and females.
(c) Consumed more than 4 standard drinks.
(d) Difference between male and female rate for same survey year is statistically significant.
(e) Consumed up to and including 4 standard drinks.
(f) Includes people who have never consumed alcohol.
(g) Difference between 2002 and 2008 rate is statistically significant.
(h) Includes people for whom level of alcohol consumption was not stated.

Source: 2002 and 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Surveys


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