Table 1

 Household characteristics (n = 6892)

Variable%
Source: 1998–1999 Household Expenditure Survey, Australia.
Smoking status
    Smoking household33.2
    Non-smoking household66.8
Median equivalent income ($ per week)531.5
Education
    No qualification45.9
    Diploma35.2
    Degree15.8
    Unknown3.1
Occupation
    Blue collar22.2
    White collar14.1
    Professional29.2
    Not applicable34.5
One or more unemployed persons9.1
    Housing tenure
    Renter28.2
    Purchaser29.8
    Owner39.6
    Other2.4
Index of relative socioeconomic disadvantage
    First quintile (high disadvantage)19.8
    Second quintile20.4
    Third quintile19.6
    Fourth quintile19.8
    Fifth quintile (low disadvantage)18.0
    Unknown2.4
Reported expenditure on meals at restaurants48.6
Reported expenditure on alcohol (non-pub)49.4
Reported expenditure on alcohol at pubs37.8
Reported expenditure on gambling27.1
Reported expenditure on health insurance57.5
Reported expenditure on life insurance20.3
Reported expenditure on house/content insurance74.6
Reported expenditure on non-compulsory motor vehicle insurance7.6