Do younger and older Australian school students aged 12-17 years drink alcohol in different locations?

Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years who drank alcohol in the past week, younger students tended to drink at home, while older students tended to drink at parties.

In 2017, among Australian school students aged 12-15 years who drank alcohol in the past week, 45% drank their last alcohol drink at home, 22% at a party, and 12% at a friend’s house. In 2017, among Australian school students aged 16-17 years who drank alcohol in the past week, 28% drank their last alcohol drink at home, 36% at a party, and 18% at a friend’s house.

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

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as only the three most common potential locations are reported. 

These data exclude students who reported multiple drinking locations and differ from NDSHS data concerning young people in the general population where reported data include multiple responses.