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

Both males and females aged 12-17 years are most likely to drink at parties at someone’s house, followed by at their own/their partner’s house or a friend’s house. 

60% of Australian males and 65% of Australian females aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, commonly drink alcohol are at a party at someone’s house. 40% of Australian males and 44% of Australian females aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, commonly drink alcohol at their own or their partner’s house. 34% of Australian males and 43% of Australian females aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, commonly drink alcohol are at a friend’s house. 7%* of Australian males and 18% of Australian females aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, commonly drink alcohol at raves or dance parties. 12%* of Australian males and 3%* 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.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2015).

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

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as respondents could select more than one location. Only the 5 most common of 11 potential locations are reported.

The locations where school students consume alcohol differ from the locations where young people in the general population consume alcohol (see FAQ Do male and female Australian school students aged 12-17 years drink alcohol in different locations?). This is due to the use of different survey measures. The school students’ survey (ASSAD) asks respondents to select one of 14 locations of use, and excludes students who reported multiple drinking locations. By contrast, the general population survey (NDSHS) asks respondents to select one (or more) of 11 locations of use.