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Table 2 Drinking behaviours in Australian Defence Force (ADF) sample compared to the general population sample (NDSHS)

From: Alcohol use in the military: associations with health and wellbeing

  Percentage of risky drinkers in ADF sample (%)a Percentage of risky drinkers in civilian sample (%) Percentage of abstainers in ADF sample (%) Percentage of abstainers in civilian sample (%) Percentage of low risk drinkers in ADF sample (%)b Percentage of low risk drinkers in civilian sample (%)
Males       
20–29 109/551 (19.8 %) 36.1 % 20/551 (3.6 %) 13.9 % 422/551 (76.6 %) 50.0 %
30–39 398/2010 (19.8 %) 31.1 % 55/2010 (2.7 %) 13.5 % 1557/2010 (77.5 %) 55.4 %
40–49 333/1475 (22.6 %) 30.8 % 57/1475 (3.9 %) 12.5 % 1085/1475 (73.6 %) 56.7 %
50–59 136/530 (25.7 %) 30.8 % 32/530 (6.0 %) 12.8 % 362/530 (68.3 %) 56.4 %
60+ 22/81 (27.2 %) 27.9 % 1/81 (1.2 %) 13.5 % 58/81 (71.6 %) 58.6 %
Females       
20–29 12/113 (10.6 %) 17.4 % 4/113 (3.5 %) 15.6 % 97/113 (85.8 %) 67.0 %
30–39 25/382 (6.5 %) 11.3 % 20/382 (5.2 %) 17.9 % 337/382 (88.2 %) 70.8 %
40–49 19/151 (12.6 %) 12.8 % 17/151 (11.3 %) 16.0 % 115/151 (76.2 %) 71.2 %
50–59 4/28 (14.3 %) 11.9 % 3/28 (10.7 %) 20.2 % 21/28 (75.0 %) 68.0 %
60+ 0/1 (0 %) 7.5 % 0/1 (0 %) 26.0 % 1/1 (100 %) 66.5 %
  Risky Drinkers 95 % CI Abstainers 95 % CI Low risk Drinkers 95 % CI
Odds ratio Odds ratio Odds ratio
Males 0.64 (0.60, 0.69) 0.25 (0.21, 0.29) 2.25 (2.11, 2.39)
Females 0.67 (0.51, 0.85) 0.34 (0.25, 0.46) 2.32 (1.87, 2.88)
Overall 0.59 (0.54, 0.64) 0.28 (0.24, 0.33) 2.30 (2.12, 2.47)
  1. aRisky drinkers were those who drank more than 2 standard drinks in a day
  2. bNo more than 2 standard drinks in a day
  3. AUDIT scores 0 = Abstainers, 1-7 = low risk drinkers, 8-15 = hazardous drinking, 16-19 = harmful drink, ≥20 probable alcohol dependence