by Alan Thornhill
Australians live longer than people in most other countries.
We also drink more, but smoke less.
And our obesity rate is higher than that of people in most other advanced nations.
All this is confirmed in a new edition of Australian Social Trends, just published by the Bureau of Statistics.
The Bureau reports that our life expectancy rates, in 2009, were the fourth highest in the world, a place we share with Israel.
Only the Japanese, Swiss and Spanish live longer than we do.
But we are heavy drinkers.
On average, adult Australians – that is those aged 15 and above – each consumed 10.3 litres of pure alcohol in 2008.
That was well above the OECD average of 9.6 litres.
However, only 17 per cent of Australian adults smoked, against an OECD average of 21 per cent.
But the Bureau also said that it had discovered that 25 per cent of Australian adults were obese in 2008.
That stands against an OECD average of 18 per cent.
Alan Thornhill is a parliamentary press gallery journalist.
Private Briefing is updated daily with Australian personal finance news, analysis, and commentary.
Friday December 13
The Dow Jones index falls 105 points to 15,739.
The $A drops to US 89.39US cents shortly after 8am, Sydney time
The Senate rises for the year, without passing government bills to abolish the carbon tax
Car industry workers’ plight to be high on the agenda, when the Prime Minister meets State premiers today
Australia’s unemployment rate rises slightly to 5.8 per cent in November 2013 (seasonally adjusted):ABS
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