Are younger or older Australian school students aged 12-17 years more likely to drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of injury?

Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years, older students were more likely than younger students to drink at levels that increased their short-term risk of alcohol-related injury.

In 2014, 6% of school students aged 12-15 years drank alcohol at short term risk of alcohol-related injury levels in the past fortnight, compared to 23% of school students aged 16-17 years. In 2014, 10% of school students aged 12-15 years drank alcohol at short term risk of alcohol-related injury levels in the past month, compared to 35% of school students aged 16-17 years. In 2014, 19% of school students aged 12-15 years drank alcohol at short term risk of alcohol-related injury levels in the past year, compared to 53% of school students aged 16-17 years. In 2014, 23% of school students aged 12-15 years drank alcohol at short term risk of alcohol-related injury levels in their lifetime, compared to 55% of school students aged 16-17 years.

Source: Cancer Council Victoria (2016). Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2014.

Short-Term Risk of Alcohol-Related Injury: Current Australian alcohol guidelines state that drinking five or more standard drinks on any single occasion significantly increases short-term risk of alcohol-related injury.