According to the latest Medibank Better Health Index1, more than half of Aussies (58%) have drunk alcohol in the last week, with the average person consuming 10.58 drinks per week.
As for our drink of choice, it might come as little surprise that as a nation, we favour beer – with more than 1 in 42 Australians having consumed at least one beer in the last week.
Following beer, the next most popular drink was found to be red wine, which was drunk by 1 in 53 Aussies.
How do our drinking habits influence our health?
Our data shows that Australians are consuming less alcohol on average each week4 compared to 8 years ago5, and we are also less likely to be drinking at all6 – which is good news for our health.
But if we are drinking responsibly, are some types of alcohol better for us than others?
Our data shows that of the Australians who consumed alcohol in the last 7 days, the people who drank red wine were found to have a stronger Health Index Score than all others.