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25 November 2019

Annual alcohol poll 2019: Attitudes and behaviours

This is the tenth annual survey of the views of Australians about alcohol and associated policies; how much and how often alcohol is consumed; the extent of knowledge about alcohol harm in the community; and people’s lived experiences of alcohol harm. The majority of Australians remain confused about low- and high-risk alcohol consumption. Although the majority of Australian drinkers (87%) consider themselves a ‘responsible drinker’, 78% of drinkers who consume alcohol to get drunk consider themselves a ‘responsible drinker’ and 64% who consume alcohol to get drunk at least twice a week consider themselves a ‘responsible drinker’. Furthermore, 79% who consume six to ten standard drinks on a ‘typical occasion’ consider themselves a ‘responsible drinker’, while 68%  who consume 11 or more standard drinks on a ‘typical occasion’ consider themselves a ‘responsible drinker’. The 2019 Poll also found that Australians were no more aware of the alcohol consumption Guidelines and their content than they were almost a decade ago.