Do younger or older Australians aged 12-17 years drink alcohol in different locations?

Among Australians aged 12-17 years, older youth are more likely than younger youth to drink at parties at someone’s house or at a friend’s house.  

49% of Australians aged 12-15 years old, who drink alcohol, commonly drink at parties at someone’s house, 42% commonly drink at their own or their partner’s house, 32% commonly drink at a friend’s house, 7%* commonly drink at raves or dance parties, and 10% commonly drink somewhere else. 69% of Australians aged 16-17 years old, who drink alcohol, commonly drink at parties at someone’s house, 42% commonly drink at their own or their partner’s house, 41% commonly drink at a friend’s house, 15% commonly drink at raves or dance parties, and 7%* commonly drink 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 younger and older 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.