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Adults

25–49 years

Health risk factors

This section presents statistics about health risk factors linked to behaviour such as alcohol use, smoking, physical activity, weight and diet.

Smoking status

In 2018–19, among Indigenous Australians aged 25–49:

  • 45% (109,600) were current daily smokers.
  • Males were more likely to be current daily smokers (47% or 55,000) than females (42% or 54,200).
  • Those living in remote areas were more likely to be current daily smokers (57% or 28,700) than those living in non-remote areas (41% or 80,500) (Figure AD 19).
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Alcohol use

In 2018–19, among Indigenous Australians aged 25–49:

  • 59% (139,800) consumed more than 4 standard drinks on a single occasion in the previous year, exceeding the guidelines for single occasion risk.
  • Males (70% or 80,300) were more likely to exceed single occasion alcohol risk than females (48% or 59,100) (Figure AD 20a).
  • 21% (49,000) consumed more than 2 standard drinks per day on average over the last week, exceeding the guidelines for lifetime risk.
  • Males 31% (35,700) were more likely to exceed lifetime risk than females (11% or 13,100) (Figure AD 20b).
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Weight

In 2018–19, among Indigenous Australians aged 25–49:

  • 21% (50,700) were within the recommend weight range, 30% (72,200) were within the overweight weight range and 48% (116,700) were within the obese weight range.
  • Those living in remote areas were more likely to be within the recommend weight range (24% or 12,100) than those living in non-remote areas (20% or 38,900) (Figure AD 21).
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Physical activity

In 2018–19, 11% (21,200) of Indigenous Australians aged 25–49 living in non-remote areas met the recommended physical activity guidelines.

Indigenous males (12% or 11,400) were slightly more likely to have met physical activity guidelines than females (11% or 9,800) (Figure AD 22). 

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Diet

In 2018–19, among Indigenous Australians aged 25–49:

  • 2% (5,400) met the recommended daily intake of both fruit and vegetables.
  • 33% (80,600) met the recommended daily intake of fruit but not of vegetables (Figure AD 23).
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