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Australians over 40 more likely to receive treatment for alcohol, adolescents most at risk

Date posted: 12 October 2016

According to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report, Trends in alcohol availability, use and treatment 2003-04 to 2014-15, young adults are more likely than any other age group to drink at risky levels, but are the least likely to receive treatment for alcohol use.

The report shows that 18 to 24 year olds are the group most likely to report having consumed alcohol at risky levels. Despite this, it is older age groups who are more likely to receive treatment, with 49% of clients receiving treatment for alcohol aged in their forties.

According to AIHW spokesperson, Tim Beard, 'Overall, the use of alcohol treatment has increased, at 30 treatment episodes per 10,000 people in 2013-14-an increase of 20% from a decade ago. In 2013-14, consumption of alcohol was 9.7 litres per person, down from 10.8 litres in 2008-09. On the same note, the proportion of Australians who abstain from drinking alcohol has also risen in recent years, from 17% in 2004 to 22% in 2013.'

Mr Beard said that while there are positive drinking patterns emerging overall, patterns of risky drinking and alcohol dependence continue to be significant issues in Australia, with less favourable patterns seen among some groups of Australians. 'For example, in remote and very remote areas, rates increased across several measures of risk in the decade from 2004 to 2013, including single occasion risk, lifetime risk and monthly drinking at very high levels,' said Mr Beard.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Last updated: 12 October 2016
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