When Australian school students aged 12-17 years drink alcohol, does the amount consumed per week differ by age?

Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years who consumed alcohol in the past week, the average number of drinks consumed over the week increased with age.

Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years who drank alcohol in the past week, an average of 3.7 drinks were consumed by those age 12 years, 4.1 for those aged 13 years, 5.1 for those aged 14 years, 5.7 for those aged 15 years, 7.0 for those aged 16 years, and 8.1 for those aged 17 years.

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 quantity of alcohol consumed by school students differs from the quantity consumed by young people in the general population (see FAQ Do younger or older Australians aged 12-17 years drink more alcohol?). This is due to the use of different survey measures. The school students’ survey (ASSAD) presents data on the average amount of alcohol consumed over a week. By contrast, the general population survey (NDSHS) presents data on the amount of alcohol usually consumed on a drinking occasion.