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Health Risk Factors

Alcohol consumption

In 2004–05, close to half (49%) of all Indigenous adults reported having consumed alcohol in the week prior to interview. Approximately a third of those who consumed alcohol reported drinking at risky/high risk levels (see Alcohol consumption risk level in the Glossary for details).

After adjusting for age differences, the proportion of Indigenous adults who reported drinking at risky/high risk levels (15%) was similar to that of non-Indigenous adults (14%).

The patterns of risky/high risk alcohol consumption by the Indigenous population differed for men and women and across age groups.

A higher proportion of Indigenous males than females had consumed alcohol at risky/high risk levels in the week before the survey, with the exception of those aged 55 and over.

Indigenous females reported their highest rates of risky/high risk consumption at an earlier age (25–34 years) than Indigenous males (35–44 years).



Risky/High Risk Alcohol Consumption (a) by Indigenous status and Sex, 2004–05
Age group (years)
Indigenous
%
Non-Indigenous
%
MALES
18–24
19
16
25–34
18
16
35–44
24
16
45–54
23
18
55 and over
10
13
FEMALES
18–24
14
13
25–34
16
11
35–44
15
13
45–54
11
13
55 and over
*11
10
(a) In the week prior to interview. See Glossary.
* estimate should be used with caution.
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Australia, 2004–05 (4715.0).



Risky/High Risk Alcohol Consumption (a) Males , 2004–05

(a) In the week prior to interview. See Glossary.
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0).


Risky/High Risk Alcohol Consumption (a), Females , 2004–05

(a) In the week prior to interview. See Glossary.
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0).




Further Information: See National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0).

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