16% of non-indigineous Australians do not drink.
32% of indigineous Australians do not drink.
According to the ABS study 12% of males and 22% of females had either
never consumed alcohol or had not done so in the previous 12 months.
These results are very similar to the findings of the Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare who based their study on the National
Drug Strategy Household Survey 2001. The Survey found 14% of males and
21% of females to be either ex-drinkers or non-drinkers.
Source: Alcohol Abuse. Background Paper by Talina Drabsch.
This report has the results of several studies.
(i) In 1986, a survey of the general population, by Blaze-Temple et al
(1986), showed that 30.1% of all those surveyed were non-drinkers
(38.5% women and 17.9% men);
(ii) In 1986, a survey of homeless Aboriginal people in Hedland by
Smith et al (1986), showed that 28% were non-drinkers (28.6% women and
(iii) In 1986, a survey of Aboriginal people in Wiluna by Smith et al
(1987), showed that 23.1% were non-drinkers (32.7% women and 13% men);
(iv) In 1984, a survey of Aboriginal people in Roebourne by the
Alcohol Advisory Committee (1984), showed that 39.7% were non-drinkers
(55.6% women and 29.3% men);
(v) In 1981, a survey of Aboriginal people in Collie by Willoway et al
(1981), showed that 25% were non-drinkers (40% women and 16.7% men).
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