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People who drink regularly at higher levels place themselves at increased risk of chronic ill health and premature death, while an episode of heavy drinking places the drinker and others at risk of injury and death. These patterns of drinking also have substantial social and economic implications, not only for individuals, but also for families, workplaces, and society as a whole.
(a) Persons aged 18 years and over.
(b) Males who reported an average daily consumption of alcohol of over 50ml and females who reported an average daily consumption of alcohol of over 25ml.
(c) Includes persons for whom time since last drank alcohol was not stated.
Source: National Health Survey: Summary of Results; State Tables, 2004-05 (Cat. No. 4362.0).