Research report: Age, period and cohort effects on alcohol-related risky behaviours in Australia from 2001 to 2016
Dec 16, 2022
A research report titled, “Age, period and cohort effects on alcohol-related risky behaviours in Australia from 2001 to 2016” was recently published in the journal, Addiction. The study examined the prevalence of any alcohol-related risky behaviour among 121,281 people aged 14-80 in Australia who reported consuming alcohol in the past 12 months. The study provides insight for policy makers into trends in alcohol-related risky behaviour among people of different ages and genders in Australia.
The results showed that alcohol-related risky behaviour declined with time and was highest in the people who were born in 1954. Risky behaviour peaked at age 21 and then steadily declined with more recent birth cohorts. Males were overall twice as likely as females to report alcohol-related risky behaviour, however this effect was smaller for more recent birth cohorts. The findings indicate that alcohol-related risky behaviour has generally decreased since 2001, and the gap between men and women is closing for more recent birth cohorts.