ACTGHS risky drinking, adults


    Proportion of adults aged 18 years and over who drank more than 4 alcoholic drinks on 1 occasion in the past 4 weeks, ACT General Health Survey, 2016-2022

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    29.7% of respondents to the 2022 ACT General Health Survey reported that they drank more than 4 alcoholic drinks on 1 occasion in the past 4 weeks. In 2022, males (38.8%) were significantly more likely to report drinking more than 4 drinks on 1 occasion in the past 4 weeks than females (20.9%). 

    The Australian alcohol guidelines recommend that healthy men and women should drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day to reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury.

    The less you drink, the lower your risk of harm from alcohol. For more information, visit:  

    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.  

    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.

    Respondents to the 2022 survey were aged 18 years and over. Persons includes respondents who identified as male, female, other and those who refused to answer and may not always add to the sum of male and female.

    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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    Q. In the past 4 weeks have you had more than 4 standard drinks on one occasion?

    Yes; No; Don't know; Refused

    Don't know and refused responses were excluded from analysis.

    A copy of the ACT General Health Survey questionnaires can be found under the Epidemiology Survey Program tab within the Data Collection page: