Alcohol intake up as men average five drinks a day

Australians generally are drinking more than they were in 2001 and the gap between women and men is narrowing.

Weighted average daily alcohol intake increased by 13% in the decade to 2011-12, a comparison of national health surveys from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.

Consumption among men increased from 4.7 to 5.0 standards drinks, and among women from 2.8 to 3.4.

Women consumed 33% less than men in 2011-12, a narrowing of the gap compared with 2001, when the difference was 40%.

The University of Sydney researchers say tertiary