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Drug Alcohol Rev. 2018 Jan;37(1):42-47. doi: 10.1111/dar.12545. Epub 2017 Apr 23.

How much alcohol is consumed outside of the lifetime risk guidelines in Australia?

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1
Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
2
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
3
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
4
Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
5
MacFarlane Burnet Institute for Medical and Public Health Research, Melbourne, Australia.
6
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND AIMS:

This study aims to estimate the prevalence of long-term risky drinking within the Australian population and the proportion of standard drinks that is consumed outside of the long-term risk (LTR) guidelines of two Australian standard drinks (ASD) per day.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

Recruited by phone, 2020 Australian adults with an oversampling of risky drinkers were asked detailed questions about how much alcohol they consumed at a range of locations in 2013. Descriptive statistical analyses of data weighted to be representative of the Australian adult population were undertaken, with a focus on the ASD consumed above the LTR guidelines.

RESULTS:

Although 28% of respondents drink at levels above the LTR drinking guidelines, 56% of all ASD consumed are above the two per day recommended to reduce LTR. Three-quarters of cask wine and liqueurs were consumed outside of the LTR guidelines, as were 58% of all ASD consumed in the home, similar to the proportion of ASD consumed above the guidelines in pubs (55%).

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS:

While the minority of Australians drink to LTR levels, the majority of alcohol is consumed by long-term risky drinkers. More research and policy focus on the patterns of alcohol consumption that lead to long-term risk, particularly outside of licensed premises, is required. [Callinan S, Livingston M, Room R, Dietze PM. How much alcohol is consumed outside of the lifetime risk guidelines in Australia?. Drug Alcohol Rev 2018;37:42-47].

KEYWORDS:

alcohol; drinking contexts; long-term risk

PMID:
28434201
DOI:
10.1111/dar.12545
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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