Statistics and Indicators

Alcohol use - lifetime risky drinking - adults


The detrimental impact of alcohol and other drugs on society, families and individuals is significant. For example, risky drinking is associated with injuries from traffic accidents to assault, drowning, overdose and intentional self-harm.

  • In 2016, 14.3% of the ACT population aged 14 years and older drank alcohol at levels considered risky over a lifetime. This has fallen significantly since 2013, when that figure was 22.0%.

The National Health and Medical Research Council Australian Guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcoholstate

For healthy men and women:

  • Drinking no more that 4 standard drinks on a single occasion reduce 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.

To access the data please click on the "View source data" link at the bottom of the visualisation. This link will open up a data table that you can download.

Source: National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016