Are younger or older Australians 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, older youth are more likely than younger youth to drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of alcohol-related injury on a yearly, monthly, or weekly basis.

94% of Australians aged 12-15 years abstain from alcohol, 5% drink at low risk levels (4 or less drinks on a single occasion), 0.6%* drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of injury (5 or more drinks) on a yearly basis, 0.6%* do so on a monthly basis, and 0.1%** do so on a weekly basis. 58% of Australians aged 16-17 years abstain from alcohol, 21% drink at low risk levels (4 or less drinks on a single occasion), 7% drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of injury (5 or more drinks) on a yearly basis, 12% do so on a monthly basis, and 3%* do so on a weekly basis. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution. ** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

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.

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding. All measures of alcohol drinks refer to standard drinks.

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.