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 to drink at parties at someone’s house or at a friend’s house. Younger youth are more likely to drink at their own/their partner’s house.

41% of Australians aged 12-15 years old, who drink alcohol, commonly drink at parties at someone’s house, 46% commonly drink at their own or their partner’s house, 25%* commonly drink at a friend’s house, 5%** commonly drink at raves or dance parties, and 10%* commonly drink somewhere else. 66% of Australians aged 16-17 years old, who drink alcohol, commonly drink at parties at someone’s house, 36% commonly drink at their own or their partner’s house, 43% commonly drink at a friend’s house, 12% 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. ** 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.