Alcohol use statistics

Alcohol use in the general population aged 14 years and older

Alcohol use in Australia has remained relatively stable over the past 10 years.

In 2016, 78.6% of South Australians had consumed at least one full serve of alcohol in the last 12 months. The national percentage was 77.5%.

Daily alcohol use – aged 14 years and older

The percentage of Australians who drink alcohol on a daily basis decreased significantly from 6.5% in 2013 to 5.9% in 2016.

In South Australia in 2016, 5.9% reported drinking alcohol daily; males were 2.3 times more likely to drink daily than South Australian women. Nationally, 1.8 times as many males reported drinking daily.

Weekly alcohol use – aged 14 years and older

The percentage of Australians who drank each week (excluding daily drinkers) decreased significantly from 37.3% in 2013 to 35.8% in 2016. In 2016, 35.8% of South Australians drank weekly.

Alcohol use among high school students

There was a statistically significant decrease in the percentage of students who reported having ever tried alcohol, from 77.5% in 2011 to 67.5% in 2014. There was also a significant decrease in reported alcohol consumption in the previous week, from 15% in 2011 to 10.4% in 2014. More secondary school students reported drinking alcohol as they got older. In 2014, 59.9% of 12-15 year olds had tried alcohol compared with 83.2% of 17 year olds; 5.2% had consumed alcohol in the last week (compared with 21.3% of 16-17 year olds).

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Reports


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