Where do Australians aged 12-17 years drink alcohol?

The most common places where Australians aged 12-17 years consume alcohol are at parties (62%), at their own or their partner’s house (42%), or at a friend’s house (38%).

62% of Australians aged 12-17 years commonly drink alcohol at parties, 42% commonly drink alcohol at their own or their partner’s house, 38% commonly drink alcohol at a friend’s house, 12% 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). 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: Percentages do not tally to 100% as respondents could select more than one location. Only the 5 most common of 11 potential locations are reported.

The locations where school students consume alcohol differ from the locations where young people in the general population consume alcohol (see FAQ Where do Australian school students aged 12-17 years drink alcohol?). This is due to the use of different survey measures. The school students’ survey (ASSAD) asks respondents to select one of 14 locations of use, and excludes students who reported multiple drinking locations. By contrast, the general population survey (NDSHS) asks respondents to select one (or more) of 11 locations of use.