Target 81: Alcohol consumption
Disaggregated by Age
The key measure for this target is sourced from national and South Australian surveys conducted in 2007, 2010 (National Drug Strategy Household Survey) and 2011 (Health Omnibus Survey). Although these two surveys employ different data collection methodologies, both have large sample sizes and ask the same questions on alcohol consumption. Data is not available for 2008 and 2009.
The assessment of results for the 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) is based on the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian Alcohol Guidelines released in 2009. These guidelines recognise that on a single occasion of drinking, the risk of alcohol-related injury increases with the amount consumed. The guidelines recommend that healthy men and women drink no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion to reduce the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion. The 2007 survey data was reanalysed using the specifications in the 2009 alcohol guidelines to ensure data comparability.
In 2011, the percentage of respondents in South Australia who reported drinking at least once per month at risky levels was highest among those aged 20-29 years (45.4%).