Do younger or older Australians aged 12-17 years drink more alcohol?

Among Australian youth aged 12-17 years, older youth tend to consume more standard drinks per occasion than younger youth. 

78% of Australians aged 12-15 years, who drink alcohol, usually drink 1-2 standard drinks, 10%* usually drink 3-4 standard drinks, 7%** usually drink 5-6 standard drinks, and 5%** usually drink 7+ standard drinks. 39% of Australians aged 16-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually drink 1-2 standard drinks, 20% usually drink 3-4 standard drinks, 14% usually drink 5-6 standard drinks, and 26% usually drink 7+ standard drinks. * 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: These data differ from quantity of consumption data presented for young people in the general population due to differences in measures. In the secondary students’ survey (ASSAD), data measures indicate the average amount of alcohol consumed over a week. In the general population survey (NDSHS), data measures indicate the amount of alcohol usually consumed on a single drinking occasion.

Standard Drink: A drink that contains 10 grams (or 12.5 millilitres) of alcohol.