4 in 10 Australians are affected by others' drinking
Alcohol affects people other than the drinker.
Over 4 in 10 (44%) of Australians reported that they had been negatively affected by others' drinking in 2011. 4.4 million Australians aged 14 years or older (22%) had been a victim of an alcohol-related incident in 2016.
Young people aged 18 to 24 years were more likely than other age groups to experience verbal abuse (35%), physical abuse (15.22%) or be put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol (18.6%) in 2013.
In a given year in Australia, 277 deaths of people aged 15 years and over are estimated to be due to another’s drinking and driving (this represents three quarters of all deaths due to others’ drinking).
Over a million children (22% of Australian children) are estimated to be affected in some way by the drinking of others. Almost 1 in 5 (19%) children in Fitzroy Crossing have FASD, one of the highest prevalence rates in the world.
Over a third (34%) of university students aged 18 to 24 years report having to take care of drunk students; one in seven (14%) report unwanted sexual advances as a consequence of others’ drinking; and 3% report being a victim of sexual assault in the previous 12 months.