Table 3.2: Estimated usual weekly alcohol consumption level, 2018, by age and sex

Base: Aged 16 and over 2018
Alcohol units per weeka Age Total
16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75+
% % % % % % % %
Men Non-drinker 16 10 10 13 12 16 22 13
Moderate 58 56 56 57 53 50 55 55
Hazardous/Harmful 27 34 34 30 36 34 24 32
Mean units per weekb 15.4 14.8 15.3 18.5 17.1 17.1 12.5 16.1
SE of the mean 2.65 1.36 1.51 2.26 1.34 1.40 1.21 0.72
Women Non-drinker 14 16 19 15 16 26 36 19
Moderate 68 70 64 63 66 61 59 65
Hazardous/Harmful 18 14 18 22 18 13 5 16
Mean units per weekb 11.6 8.8 8.9 9.8 8.8 8.1 4.7 8.9
SE of the mean 2.37 0.99 0.76 0.75 0.65 0.68 0.61 0.42
All adults Non-drinker 15 13 15 14 14 21 30 16
Moderate 63 63 60 60 59 56 57 60
Hazardous/Harmful 22 24 26 26 27 23 12 24
Mean units per weekb 13.5 11.8 12.2 14.0 12.9 12.7 8.4 12.5
SE of the mean 1.80 0.94 1.03 1.28 0.80 0.86 0.70 0.46
Unweighted bases Men 144 227 278 376 371 392 263 2051
Male drinkers 115 200 233 317 313 315 199 1692
Women 193 360 403 469 490 468 324 2707
Female drinkers 164 290 325 393 405 333 201 2111
All adults 337 587 681 845 861 860 587 4758
All drinkers 279 490 558 710 718 648 400 3803
Weighted bases Men 279 386 349 412 372 291 191 2279
Male drinkers 230 341 304 349 319 235 146 1924
Women 281 399 362 441 394 319 265 2461
Female drinkers 236 329 291 366 328 228 165 1943
All adults 560 784 711 853 765 610 455 4740
All drinkers 466 671 595 715 646 463 310 3867

a Non-drinker: no units per week; Moderate: >0 units and up to 14 units; Hazardous/harmful: more than 14 units
b Those who had consumed alcohol in the past year


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