Middle-aged women at odds with alcohol trend

Middle-aged Australian women are drinking more alcohol whereas men and adolescents appear to be reining in their consumption.

Population surveys conducted from 1983 to 2012 show a decline in drinking for all groups, except women aged over 45.

The biggest decline is among young people.

Although women are consuming less alcohol than men overall, there has been an increase in their per-capita alcohol intake, the researchers say.

Wine appears to be their drink of choice, which is consistent with international findings.

The trend