Employed people drink at 'riskier' levels

Group of men drinking alcohol shots

Employed people are more inclined to regularly drink riskier levels of alcohol than the unemployed, data suggests.

New analysis of the National Drug Household Survey 2016, released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, has highlighted a trend between alcohol consumption and employment.

While the unemployed are more likely to use methamphetamine, twice as likely to use cannabis or smoke daily, employed people are more likely to use cocaine and regularly consume 'risky' levels of alcohol.

The data found more employed people fall in the category of 'lifetime risky' drinkers - that is they drink two or more drinks per day on average, says AIHW spokesperson Mathew James.

'The percentage of employed people drinking at that level is 21 per cent, unemployed people 16.5 per cent,' said Mr James.

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