HealthStats NSW
HealthStats NSW
HealthStats NSW


3 in 10 NSW adults drink alcohol at levels posing risk of long-term harm

Alcohol continues to be one of the major causes of preventable disease in Australia. Drinking alcohol is associated with a risk of developing health problems such as mental and behavioural disorders, liver cirrhosis, some cancers and cardiovascular diseases. In 2019, 32.8% of NSW adults consumed alcohol at levels that place their long-term health at risk.

The impact of others drinking includes harmful affects to unborn babies, alcohol induced violence (including domestic violence), falls and road accidents.

See the Reducing alcohol-related harm snapshot under Reports and Strategies below for more information.

Who drinks alcohol and who doesn’t?
Who is at higher risk of harm from alcohol?
Who goes to hospital due to alcohol?
Who dies due to alcohol?

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Reports and Strategies

State-wide initiatives