The state of Australian men’s health

Two new reports from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare bring together data on the health of Australian males. Some key statistics relating to alcohol include:

  • 43% of males aged between 14 and 19 were at risk of injury resulting from excessive alcohol consumption at least once in the preceding year.
  • Even for men over the age of 50, this risk of injury from drinking too much is one in ten.
  • One in three males aged between 14 and 19 nominated alcohol and its excessive consumption as the drug of most concern to the community.
  • Lifetime risk from alcohol consumption was highest among males aged 20–29 (36%) and lowest among males aged 70 and over (19%).
  • Compared to males aged from 20–29 and 50–59, those aged 60 and over were substantially less likely to drink at risky levels. However, males aged 60 and over who drank at risky levels were more likely to do so daily than at other less regular intervals.

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