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3-8. Alcohol-related risk

3-8-1. Alcohol-related single occasion injury risk in South Australia – by Local Health Network

3-8-2. Alcohol-related single occasion injury risk in South Australia – by age and sex

3-8-3. Alcohol-related single occasion injury risk – by socio-economic status

3-8-4. Alcohol-related lifetime risk in South Australia – by Local Health Network

3-8-5. Alcohol-related lifetime risk in South Australia – by age and sex

3-8-6. Alcohol-related lifetime risk – by socio-economic status

3-8-7. Long-term risk of harm from alcohol – by state and territory

3-8-8. Long-term risk of harm from alcohol – Aboriginal people

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3-8-1. Alcohol-related single occasion injury risk in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • Under current guidelines on alcohol consumption produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), for healthy men and women, drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion at least monthly reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion.
  • In 2017, around a quarter (24.6%) of South Australians aged 15 years or more reported drinking more than four standard alcoholic drinks on a single occasion at least monthly, putting them at risk of alcohol-related injury1.
  • The rate varies between the local health networks (LHNs), from 7.5%* in the Riverland Mallee Coorong LHN to 37.2% in the Eyre and Far North LHN1.
  • Please note that SA Health LHN geographies differ from Australian Bureau of Statistics SA4 regions reported elsewhere.
  • The rate reported by people that live in Country SA (27.9%) is statistically significantly higher compared to metropolitan Adelaide (23.4%)1.
  • A statistically significant downward trend was identified in the time series of available data for metropolitan Adelaide but not Country SA1.
  • Please note that data prior to 2011 is not available.

 

At risk of alcohol-related injury (aged 15+ years), 2017
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide 21.4%
Central Adelaide 25.6%
Southern Adelaide 23.3%
Metropolitan Adelaide 23.4%
Barossa Hills Fleurieu 24.4%
Eyre and Far North 37.2%
Flinders and Upper North 36.0%
Riverland Mallee Coorong 7.5%*
South East 31.1%
Yorke & Northern 27.1%
Country SA 27.9%
South Australia 24.6%
Australia n.a.

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N.B. SA Health local health network geographies differ from Australian Bureau of Statistics SA4 regions reported elsewhere.

* Relative Standard Error is between 25% and 50%. Please treat the estimate with caution.

Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-8-2. Alcohol-related single occasion injury risk in South Australia – by age and sex

  • Under current guidelines on alcohol consumption produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), for healthy men and women, drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion at least monthly reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion.
  • In 2017, the proportion of males aged 15 years or more who reported drinking on a single occasion at least monthly at levels that puts them at risk of alcohol-related injury (34.1%) was more than double the female rate (15.5%)1.

 


At risk of alcohol-related injury (aged 15+ years), 2017
Age (years) Males Females
15-24 34.6% 24.4%
25-34 45.4% 19.1%
35-44 38.1% 17.2%
45-54 38.1% 23.3%
55-64 33.7% 9.7%
65-74 23.8% 6.7%
75+ 11.7% 2.7%
All ages 34.1% 15.5%

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-8-3. Alcohol-related single occasion injury risk in South Australia – by socio-economic status

  • Under current guidelines on alcohol consumption produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), for healthy men and women, drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion at least monthly reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion.
  • There is no clear correlation between proportion of people aged 15 years or more who report drinking on a single occasion at least monthly that puts them at risk of alcohol-related injury and the socio-economic status (SES) of the area in which they live1.

 

At risk of alcohol-related injury (aged 15+ years), 2017
Socio-economic status (SES) %
Lowest SES 23.6%
Low SES 24.2%
Middle SES 23.0%
High SES 28.5%
Highest SES 23.3%

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-8-4. Alcohol-related lifetime risk in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • Under current guidelines on alcohol consumption produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), for healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury.
  • In 2017, roughly one in six (15.6%) South Australians aged 15 years or more reported drinking more than two standard alcoholic drinks on any day, putting them at lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury1.
  • The rate varies between local health networks (LHNs), from 9.9%* in the Riverland Mallee Coorong LHN to 31.1% in the Eyre and Far North LHN1.
  • Please note that SA Health LHN geographies differ from Australian Bureau of Statistics SA4 regions reported elsewhere.
  • The rate reported by people that live in Country SA (19.1%) is statistically significantly higher compared to metropolitan Adelaide (14.4%)1.
  • A statistically significant downward trend was identified in the time series of available data for metropolitan Adelaide but not Country SA1.
  • Please note that data prior to 2011 is not available.

 

At lifetime risk of alcohol-related disease or injury (aged 15+ years), 2017
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide 14.2%
Central Adelaide 15.5%
Southern Adelaide 13.6%
Metropolitan Adelaide 14.4%
Barossa Hills Fleurieu 15.3%
Eyre and Far North 31.1%
Flinders and Upper North 26.8%
Riverland Mallee Coorong 9.9%*
South East 18.1%
Yorke & Northern 16.4%
Country SA 19.1%
South Australia 15.6%
Australia n.a.

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N.B. SA Health local health network geographies differ from Australian Bureau of Statistics SA4 regions reported elsewhere.

* Relative Standard Error is between 25% and 50%. Please treat the estimate with caution.

Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-8-5. Alcohol-related lifetime risk in South Australia – by age and sex

  • Under current guidelines on alcohol consumption produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), for healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury.
  • In 2017, around a quarter (23.7%) of males aged 15 years or more reported drinking on a day at levels that puts them at lifetime risk of alcohol-related disease or injury, more than triple the corresponding female rate (7.8%)1.
  • The disproportionate levels of lifetime risk of harm from alcohol for males compared to females is recorded across all age cohorts1.

 


At lifetime risk of alcohol-related disease or injury (aged 15+ years), 2017
Age (years) Males Females
15-24 10.7% 5.9%
25-34 26.9% 5.3%
35-44 24.1% 7.6%
45-54 24.1% 15.6%
55-64 29.2% 6.9%
65-74 22.5% 7.4%
75+ 14.7% 3.8%
All ages 23.7% 7.8%

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-8-6. Alcohol-related lifetime risk in South Australia – by socio-economic status

  • Under current guidelines on alcohol consumption produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), for healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury.
  • There is no clear correlation between proportion of people aged 15 years or more who report drinking at levels that put them at a lifetime risk of harm from alcohol and the socio-economic status (SES) of the area in which they live1.

 

At lifetime risk of alcohol-related disease or injury (aged 15+ years), 2017
Socio-economic status (SES) %
Lowest SES 14.1%
Low SES 13.8%
Middle SES 17.4%
High SES 17.4%
Highest SES 14.9%

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-8-7. Long-term risk of harm from alcohol – by state and territory

  • Data presented here is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2014-15 National Health Survey for people aged 18 years and over. Therefore it is not directly comparable to the information presented in 3-8-4 to 3-8-6 above from the South Australian Health Omnibus Survey which is for persons aged 15 years and over. However, the survey uses the same guidelines on alcohol consumption produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). i.e., that for healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury.
  • The national survey found that about one in six (16.8%) of South Australians aged 18 years and over had average daily consumption of alcohol that puts them at lifetime risk of alcohol-related disease or injury . This is a reduction from the 18.1% reported in the previous survey (for 2011-12)2.
  • The rate for South Australians was at the lower end nationally, only Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory having lower reported rates2.

 


Average daily alcohol consumption exceeding lifetime risk guidelines (aged 18+ years), 2014-15
State/Territory %
Victoria 15.6%
Australian Capital Territory 15.7%
South Australia 16.8%
New South Wales 17.6%
Queensland 18.0%
Tasmania 18.6%
Northern Territory 19.3%
Western Australia 20.8%
Australia 17.4%

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Data source: ABS 2015

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3-8-8. Long-term risk of harm from alcohol – Aboriginal people

  • Under current guidelines on alcohol consumption produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), for healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury.
  • Less than one in ten (9.6%) Aboriginal people in South Australia aged 15 years or more reported exceeding lifetime risk guidelines (2009 NHMRC guidelines) for alcohol consumption, well below the national average for Aboriginal people of 14.7%3.
  • Compared to Aboriginal people aged 15 years and over in other states and territories, South Australia was ranked the lowest for this indicator3.
  • The 2014-15 rate for Aboriginal people (ages 15 years and over) of 9.6% was also below the 2014-15 all-population rate reported above in 3-8-7 for South Australia (ages 18 years and over) of 16.8%3.

 


At lifetime risk of alcohol-related disease or injury - Aboriginal people (aged 15+ years), 2014-15
State/Territory %
South Australia 9.6%
Victoria 10.8%
Australian Capital Territory 12.0%
Northern Territory 13.3%
Tasmania 14.5%
Queensland 15.2%
New South Wales 16.2%
Western Australia 16.8%
Australia 14.7%

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Data source: ABS 2016

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Sources

  1. Based on Health Omnibus Survey customised extract 2018, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia, SA Health, Adelaide, 24 July 2018.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2015), ‘Table 10.1 Alcohol consumption — Longer term/Lifetime risk, Persons (estimate)’ and in Tables 20-27 for each jurisdiction, National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15, cat. no. 4364.0.55.001, viewed 1 June 2016.
  3. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2016), 'Table 2.3 Selected characteristics, by state or territory of usual residence, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons aged 15 years and over – 2014-15, Proportion of persons', National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Australia, 2014-15, cat. no. 4714.0, viewed 6 September 2016.