Statistics and Indicators

Alcohol use - single occasion risky drinking – by state/territory


    Single occasion risky drinking by state/territory, 2019

    • In 2019, 20.7% of  ACT residents aged 14 years and older engaged in risky drinking at least once a week. This was the lowest rate recorded by the jurisdictions.

    The 2009 NHMRC Australian Guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol 1 state

    For healthy men and women:

    • Drinking no more than 4 standard drinks on a single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury from that occasion.
    • Drinking no more than 2 standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury.

    For children and young people under 18 years of age:

    • Not drinking alcohol is the safest option, especially for children under 15 years of age.


    1.  National Health and Medical Research Council. Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol.       Canberra: NHMRC; 2009.

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    Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2020. National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2019.  Drug Statistics series no. 32. PHE 270. Canberra AIHW.