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

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

65% of Australians aged 12-15 years, who drink alcohol, usually drink 1-2 standard drinks, 13%* usually drink 3-4 standard drinks, 7%* usually drink 5-6 standard drinks, and 15%* usually drink 7+ standard drinks. 31% of Australians aged 16-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually drink 1-2 standard drinks, 25% usually drink 3-4 standard drinks, 13% usually drink 5-6 standard drinks, and 31% usually drink 7+ standard drinks. * 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: The quantity of alcohol consumed by school students differs from the quantity consumed by young people in the general population (see FAQ When Australian school students aged 12-17 years drink alcohol, does the amount consumed per week differ by age?). This is due to the use of different survey measures. The school students’ survey (ASSAD) presents data on the average amount of alcohol consumed over a week. By contrast, the general population survey (NDSHS) presents data on the amount of alcohol usually consumed on a drinking occasion. 

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