Alcohol & Young People

This section contains information about the alcohol consumption patterns of Australians who are under 18 years of age. The consumption patterns of two population groups are examined: 1) Australian school students aged 12-17 years; and 2) young Australians in the general population aged 12-17 years (including those not attending school).

Data on Australian school students aged 12-17 years is derived from the Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) Survey (Cancer Council of Victoria, 2012). Data on Australian youth in the general population aged 12-17 years (including those not attending school) is derived from the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2014).

It is important to note that similar FAQs concerning these two population groups may provide different results. This is due to the different measures used to collect the data. To identify and explain potential differences and discrepancies, details are provided in the footnotes that accompany each FAQ.