What proportion of Australians aged 12-17 years drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of injury?

Three percent of Australian youth aged 12-17 years drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of alcohol-related injury at least once per year, 4% do so at least once per month, and 1%* do so at least once per week.

82% of Australians aged 12-17 years abstain from alcohol, 10% drink at low risk levels (4 or less drinks on a single occasion), 3% drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of injury (5 or more drinks) on a yearly basis, 4% do so on a monthly basis, and 1%* do so on a weekly basis. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2018).

Please note: All measures of alcohol drinks refer to standard drinks.

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

Short-Term Risk of Alcohol-Related Injury: Current Australian alcohol guidelines state that drinking five or more standard drinks on any single occasion significantly increases short-term risk of alcohol-related injury.

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