Are Australian males or females aged 12-17 years more likely to drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of injury?

Among Australian youth aged 12-17 years, boys are more likely than girls to drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of alcohol-related injury on a yearly and monthly basis.

83% of male and 80% of female Australians aged 12-17 years abstain from alcohol, 8% of males and 13% of females drink at low risk levels (4 or less drinks on a single occasion), 3%* of males and 2%* of females drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of injury (5 or more drinks) on a yearly basis, 5% of males and 4%* of females do so on a monthly basis, and 0.9%* of males and 1%* of females do so on a weekly basis. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2018).

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Please note: All measures of alcohol drinks refer to standard drinks.

Proportions of young people who drink at risk levels differ from the proportions of school students who drink at risk levels due to the use of different measures.  The data presented here indicate regular weekly, monthly, and yearly risk drinking, whereas the ASSADS data presented for school students indicates risk drinking only over the past week.

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.

Standard Drink: A drink that contains 10 grams (or 12.5 millilitres) of alcohol.