Tips for managing your alcohol intake over the holidays.

Aussies’ alcohol consumption during the festive season.

According to data from the Medibank Better Health Index, consumption of alcoholic drinks spikes during the festive season, with almost a third of adults (31.8%) 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.

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.

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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.

Find out how much alcohol Aussies are consuming by state and get more tips on how to make healthy choices this festive season.

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Medibank Better Health Index data, conducted by Roy Morgan Research, July 2015 to June 2016