Are Australian women over 40 overdoing it?
The National Drug Strategy Household Survey, unveiled today, suggests that it is middle aged women that are having one too many wines, and not teens overdoing alcopops these days.
The comprehensive report, compiled by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), indicates a number of interesting shifts in Australia since 2001.
Overall, we’re drinking less alcohol and smoking less cigarettes than we did a decade ago, but excessive alcohol consumption and general drug use is on the rise within older age groups.
Released every three years, the report funnels responses from approximately 24,000 individuals based on consumption and attitudes towards alcohol, tobacco, and illegal substances.
According to the survey, teens are trying legal and illicit drugs later, with most testing out alcohol and cigarettes for the first time at age 16 in 2016, compared with age 14 in 1998. And when they do drink, they’re also consuming their beverages in smaller quantities.
Meanwhile, the report showed more women aged 40-59 are exceeding lifetime risk guidelines by consuming an average of at least two standard drinks a day.
There’s also been an increase in illegal drug use for Australians over 40, rising from 14 to 16 percent between 2013 and 2016, suggesting baby boomers and generation xers may be carrying habits from youth into older age.
Positively though, the report revealed the proportion of Australians who have never smoked is continuing to rise and rise, going from 60 per cent in 2013 to 62 per cent in 2016.