Do younger and older 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, younger students tended to drink at home, while older students tended to drink at parties.

In 2014, among Australian school students aged 12-15 years who drank alcohol in the past week, 26% drank their last alcohol drink at a party, 40% at home, and 14% at a friend’s house. In 2014, among Australian school students aged 16-17 years who drank alcohol in the past week, 40% drank their last alcohol drink at a party, 25% at home, and 20% 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 of 14 potential 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.