Where do Australians aged 12-17 years drink alcohol?

The most common places where Australian youth aged 12-17 years consume alcohol are: parties at someone’s house (60%), at their own or their partner’s home (39%), or at a friend’s house (38%).

60% of Australians aged 12-17 years commonly drink alcohol at parties at someone’s house, 39% commonly drink alcohol at their own or their partner’s home, 38% commonly drink alcohol at a friend’s house, 10% commonly drink alcohol at raves/dance parties and 8%* commonly drink alcohol somewhere else. * 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).

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

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.