Do male and female Australians aged 12-17 years drink alcohol in different locations?

Among Australian youth aged 12-17 years, both boys and girls are most likely to drink at parties at someone’s house.

60% of Australian males and 59% of Australian females aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, commonly drink alcohol at a party at someone’s house. 40% of Australian males and 38% of Australian females aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, commonly drink alcohol at their own or their partner’s house. 44% of Australian males and 32% of Australian females aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, commonly drink alcohol at a friend’s house. 8%* of Australian males and 12%* of Australian females aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, commonly drink alcohol at raves or dance parties. 12%* of Australian males and 4%** of Australian females aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, commonly drink alcohol somewhere else. * 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 do not tally to 100% as respondents could select more than one location. Only the five most commonly reported locations are reported here. Other locations not reported include: at restaurants/cafes, in licensed premises (e.g., pubs, clubs), at school/TAFE/university, at work, in public places (e.g., parks, beaches), and in a car/other vehicle.

Data presented here concerns young Australians who have consumed alcohol in the past 12 months. These data differ from ASSADS data concerning the drinking locations of school students which only includes students who drank in the past week and excludes those who chose multiple drinking locations.