When Australians aged 12-17 years drink alcohol, how much do they consume?

The largest proportion (48%) of Australian youth aged 12-17 years who drink alcohol usually consume 1-2 standard drinks per drinking occasion. A substantial proportion (21%) consumes seven or more standard drinks.

48% of Australians aged 12-17 years who drink alcohol usually consume 1-2 standard drinks, 18% usually consume 3-4 standard drinks, 13% usually consume 5-6 standard drinks and 21% usually consume 7+ standard drinks.

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

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.