What proportion of Australian school students aged 12-17 years drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of injury?

Approximately 6% of Australian school students aged 12-17 years drank at levels that increased their short-term risk of alcohol-related injury in the past week.

6% of Australian school students aged 12-17 years drank at levels that increased their short-term risk of alcohol-related injury (5 or more drinks) in the past week. 11% drank at low risk levels (4 or less drinks), and 83% did not drink in the past week.

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

Please note: The proportion of school students who drink at risky levels differs from the proportion of young people in the general population who drink at risky levels (see FAQ What proportion of Australians aged 12-17 years drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of injury?). This is due to the use of different survey measures. The school students’ survey (ASSAD) presents data on short-term risky drinking during the past week. By contrast, the general population survey (NDSHS) presents data on short-term risky drinking on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.

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.