Demographic trends in alcohol use: The value of a surveillance system

Anne W. Taylor, Stefano Campostrini, Justin Beilby

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Objective: To determine trends in alcohol consumption in South Australia. Methods: Data collection from 2003 to 2011. Time series trends overall and by age, sex, education level, and income by proportion of drinkers, mean number of drinks, drinking less than one day, drinking on six or more days per week, lifetime alcohol risk and injury risk. Results: An overall decline in the proportion of alcohol drinkers, an increase in the overall proportion of adults drinking alcohol less than one day per week. No overall change in mean number of drinks consumed per day but with differences by demographic groups. Conclusion: This study presents multiple consumption-related variables over time and has highlighted important demographic variations in alcohol consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-653
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol
  • Demographics
  • Risk factor
  • Surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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