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Definition

Proportion of adults at risk of long-term harm from alcohol.

Indicator Summary

Numerator
Number of persons aged 18 years or over assessed as having an alcohol consumption pattern that puts them at risk of long term alcohol-related harm.
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Denominator
Population aged 18 years or over.
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Computation

Data on persons 'at risk of long term alcohol related harm' is based on the 2009 National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guideline 'for healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury' and has been operationalised as: for both males and females, an …

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Disaggregation

2011-12 and 2007-08 (revised for updated 2009 NHMRC definition of 'at risk of long-term alcohol related harm') — State and territory, by:

  • sex by age
  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure)
  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles
  • disability status

2011-12 and 2007-08 (revised for updated 2009 NHMRC definition of 'at risk of long-term alcohol related harm') — Nationally, by SEIFA IRSD deciles.

2004-05 (previously supplied) — State and territory by Indigenous status.

Some disaggregation may result in …

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Calculation rules

Computation Rule
Description

Data on persons 'at risk of long term alcohol related harm' is based on the 2009 National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guideline 'for healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury' and has been operationalised as: for both males and females, an average of more than 2 standard drinks per day in the last week.

Data on persons 'at risk of long term alcohol related harm' had previously been defined according to the 2001 NHMRC guidelines: for males, an average of more than 4 standard drinks per day in the last week, and for females, an average of more than 2 standard drinks per day in the last week.

Rates are directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.

Analysis by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.

Presented as a percentage.

95% confidence intervals and relative standard errors are calculated for rates.
Numerators
Number of persons aged 18 years or over assessed as having an alcohol consumption pattern that puts them at risk of long term alcohol-related harm.
Denominators
Population aged 18 years or over.
Disaggregation

2011-12 and 2007-08 (revised for updated 2009 NHMRC definition of 'at risk of long-term alcohol related harm') — State and territory, by:

  • sex by age
  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure)
  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles
  • disability status

2011-12 and 2007-08 (revised for updated 2009 NHMRC definition of 'at risk of long-term alcohol related harm') — Nationally, by SEIFA IRSD deciles.

2004-05 (previously supplied) — State and territory by Indigenous status.

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

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