Statistics and Indicators

ASSAD Alcohol use, last year, by age group


    Drank alcohol in the last year, ACT Secondary Students aged 12-17 years, by age group, 1996-2017


    In 2017, 38.6% of secondary students surveyed reported having consumed alcohol in the year preceding the survey. Alcohol use becomes more common with increasing age, with 65.1% of 16-17 year-olds having consumed alcohol in the last year compared to 25.9% of 12-15 year-olds. 

    The 2009 NHMRC Australian drinking guidelines recommend no alcohol consumption as the safest option for people under 18. 

    Please note that this indicator was updated in 2022 and replaces all previous versions. 

    For the purpose of reporting the Australian Secondary Students' Alcohol and Drug survey data on HealthStats, if the 95% confidence intervals of the estimates do not overlap, they are considered to be significantly different.

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