When Australian school students aged 12-17 years drink alcohol, what is the average amount consumed each week?
Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years who consumed alcohol in the past week, the average number of alcohol drinks consumed over the week was 6.6.
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 When Australians aged 12-17 years drink alcohol, how much do they consume?). 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.