Do male and female Australian school students aged 12-17 years drink alcohol in different locations?

Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years who drank alcohol in the past week, both boys and girls were most likely to drink at a party. Drinking at home was slightly more common among boys, while drinking at a friend’s house was slightly more common among girls.

In 2014, 36% of male and 33% of female Australian school students aged 12-17 years who drank alcohol in the past week consumed their last alcohol drink at a party. In 2014, 33% of male and 29% of female Australian school students aged 12-17 years who drank alcohol in the past week consumed their last alcohol drink at home. In 2014, 16% of male and 19% of female Australian school students aged 12-17 years who drank alcohol in the past week consumed their last alcohol drink at a friend’s house.

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

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as only the three most common locations are reported. 

These data exclude students who reported multiple drinking locations and differ from NDSHS data concerning young people in the general population where reported data include multiple responses.