28 May 2018

2018 Annual alcohol poll: Attitudes and behaviours

This annual poll conducted by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education examined Australians’ attitudes towards alcohol, their consumption behaviours, awareness and experiences of alcohol harm, and perspectives on alcohol policies. Some of the key findings of the research were that 37% of Australians have been affected by alcohol-related violence, including 21% who have been direct victims. Women are more likely than men to have been affected (41% compared to 34%) and to be direct victims of alcohol related violence (23% compared to 18%). In contrast, men are more likely than women to have been a direct victim of alcohol-related violence in the last 12 months (27% compared to 20%). In addition, one in four (23%) parents or guardians with children under 18 report that their child has been harmed or put at risk of harm because of someone else’s drinking. The authors concluded that Australia urgently needs a nation-wide public education campaign to highlight the harms associated with drinking.