Friday, September 6th, 2013
Tony Abbott’s seat of Warringah on Sydney’s North Shore has ranked as the nation’s unhealthiest electorate on the Alcohol Sub-Index monitoring Australians’ alcohol consumption by volume and type.

With Australia as a whole scoring 101.4 on the sub-index (a component of the overall Alere Wellness Index powered by Roy Morgan Research), Warringah is almost 10 points behind on just 91.91.

In penultimate position, the neighbouring seat of Mackellar is only marginally better on 95.48. Both North Shore seats score below Solomon covering Darwin (95.51), and Fisher on the Sunshine Coast (95.91). Hindmarsh in Adelaide is the only ALP-held seat among the bottom five (96.04).

Over 1 in 4 adults in Warringah consume an average of more than two drinks per day—a level classified as ‘riskier’ behaviour by the National Health and Medical Research Council. This level is 75% above the Australian norm.

Almost 1 in 10 electors in Warringah down an average of at least four drinks each day. Fewer than 1 in 5 drink no alcohol in an average week—half the national average.

ALP-held seats comprise all the five healthiest: Fowler in Western Sydney comes out top (11.57), followed by other three Sydney seats: Watson (110.42), Blaxland (108.27) and Barton (107.97). Scullin in outer northern Melbourne is fifth (107.16).

Nick Williams, Healthcare Consultant, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“Voters in Tony Abbott’s Warringah electorate are more likely to be having a drink after Saturday’s election results called—for more reasons than one.

“Adults in Warringah report the unhealthiest levels of riskier drinking as defined by NHMRC guidelines. Drinking in excess of two a day on average is often more prevalent in affluent, older areas such as on Sydney’s North Shore—a sobering thought.”


Source: Alere Wellness Index Alcohol Sub-Index, April 2012 – March 2013, n = 48,320


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Alcohol Sub-Index monitoring Australians’ alcohol consumption by volume and type.



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