Statistics and Indicators

Risky drinking, age groups


    Drank more than four alcoholic drinks in one occasion, adult age groups, ACT General Health Survey, 2018 - 2021

    In 2021, respondents to the ACT General Health Survey aged 65 years and over were significantly less likely to report drinking more than four drinks on one occasion in the past four weeks than adults aged 18 o 24 years, 25 to 44 years and 45 to 64 years (18 to 24 years: 41.2%; 25 to 44 years: 34.9%; 45 to 64 years: 26.3%; 65 years and over: 12.2%).

    For the purpose of reporting the ACT General Health Survey data on HealthStats, if the 95% confidence intervals of the estimates do not overlap, they are considered to be significantly different. 

    Estimate is based on respondents aged 18 years and over who answered the alcohol questions. It includes those who reported that they do not drink alcohol.

    Note: The indicator shows self-reported data collected through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). Estimates were weighted to adjust for differences in the probability of selection among respondents and were benchmarked to the estimated residential population using the latest available Australian Bureau of Statistics population estimates.

    Persons includes male, female, other and refused sex respondents and may not always add to the sum of male and female.

    The 2018 estimate for those aged 18 to 24 years has a relative standard error between 25% and 50% and should be used with caution.

    Statistically significant differences are difficult to detect for smaller jurisdictions such as the Australian Capital Territory. Sometimes, even large apparent differences may not be statistically significant. This is particularly the case in breakdowns of small populations because the small sample size means that there is not enough power to identify even large differences as statistically significant.

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