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Survey responses reflect Aussie boozing behaviour

Survey responses reflect Aussie boozing behaviour

Australian researchers have revised information derived from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) to reveal trends in alcohol consumption across the country. The NDSHS collects information on alcohol and tobacco consumption, and illicit drug use among the general population in Australia.

What they found agreed with data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for alcohol consumption showing an increase in drinking between 2001 and 2007 followed by a decline in consumption until 2013.

The researchers were able to estimate per capita alcohol consumption figures by looking at responses to questions around the frequency of alcohol consumption across the population. They found that, since 2007, there was a 10.5% decline in per capita alcohol consumption which compares favourably with the 8.9% decline recorded in the ABS data. Further they were able to show that two-thirds of the decline came from reductions in drinking among respondents under the age of 30.

alcohol graph

The heaviest consumers were in the 20-24 age group who consumed an average of 8.72 standard drinks per week in 2004 but only 6.19 standard drinks in 2013, a decline since 2007 of 26.4%. Drinkers in the 60-69 age group showed a slight increase (5.8%) in consumption during this period but all other age groups recorded modest declines.

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