According to new data from the Medibank Better Health Index, consumption of alcoholic drinks spikes during the festive season. The data shows almost a third of adults (31.8%) are consuming 8 or more alcoholic drinks per week during January, and 27.3% in December.
In contrast, in June only 21.4% of adults were consuming 8 or more alcoholic drinks per week during this period.
Alcohol intake by age group
Perhaps contrary to common belief, the data also found younger Aussies were less likely than any other age group to drink alcohol, with 51.3% of 18-29 year-olds who drink consuming alcohol in the last week, compared with 64.8% of 50-59 year-olds.
And when we looked at the quantity of alcohol being consumed, Aussies aged 50-59 are drinking the most. With this age group consuming 7.65 drinks on average per week, compared to 4.98 drinks among 18-29 year olds.
How to control your alcohol intake over the festive season
While it’s perfectly fine to enjoy a drink with your friends, it’s important to ensure you’re doing so responsibly. Particularly during the silly season, when alcohol consumption can easily get out of hand!
To enjoy yourself without overdoing it, follow these simple tips from the Department of Health:
- Set limits for yourself and stick to them
- Start with non-alcoholic drinks
- Drink slowly
- Try drinks with a lower alcohol content
- Eat before or while you are drinking
- If you participate in rounds of drinks try to include some non-alcoholic drinks.