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. 

28% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 40% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, consumed their last alcohol drink at a party. 39% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 23% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, consumed their last alcohol drink at home. 13% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 20% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, consumed their last alcohol drink at a friend’s house.

Source: Cancer Council Victoria (2012). Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2011.

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as only the three most common of 14 potential locations are reported. 

The locations where school students consume alcohol differ from the locations where young people in the general population consume alcohol (see FAQ Do younger or older Australians aged 12-17 years drink alcohol in different locations?). This is due to the use of different survey measures. The school students’ survey (ASSAD) asks respondents to select one of 14 locations of use, and excludes students who reported multiple drinking locations. By contrast, the general population survey (NDSHS) asks respondents to select one (or more) of 11 locations of use.