Are younger or older Australian school students aged 12-17 years more likely to drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of injury?

Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years, older students were more likely than younger students to drink at levels that increased their short-term risk of alcohol-related injury.

In 2017, 10% of school students aged 12-15 years drank alcohol at short term risky levels in the past fortnight, compared to 26% of school students aged 16-17 years. In 2017, 15% of school students aged 12-15 years drank alcohol at short term risky in the past month, compared to 37% of school students aged 16-17 years. In 2017, 30% of school students aged 12-15 years drank alcohol at short term risky levels in the past year, compared to 59% of school students aged 16-17 years. In 2017, 34% of school students aged 12-15 years drank alcohol at short term risky levels in their lifetime, compared to 61% of school students aged 16-17 years.

Source: Cancer Council Victoria (2018). ASSAD 2017 Statistics & Trends: Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, over-the-counter drugs, and illicit substances.

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.