Did you know?
- Most drug related deaths of young Australians are due to alcohol.
- 58% of the time alcohol is the drug involved for substance related admission into hospitals for 15-34 year olds.
- 814 people between the ages of 15 and 34 died as a result of the use of alcohol in 1998. In that same year 650 people aged 15-34 people died using illicit drugs.
- Just under 70 % of teenagers between 14-17 get alcohol from friends or relatives.
- Just under 50% of girls and 44% of boys buy alcohol from shops.
- 30% of 13-17 year olds participated in unsupervised drinking at a sports club and 71% of these had never been asked for proof of age.
Influences on teenagers drinking patterns
- Wanting to try new experiences.
- Wanting to socialise with friends.
- Wanting to relax.
- Peer group pressure.
- Wanting to 'drown' problems.
- Low self esteem.
Consequences of alcohol use for 13 –18 year olds
- Involvement with drink-driving as a driver or passenger.
- Injury to themselves or others through activities that involve risk or a degree of skill.
- Long and short term harm of health.
- Aggression or violence as the victim or perpetrator.
- Sexual risk taking, including unprotected and or unwanted sexual activity.
- Loss of face, reputation, embarrassment.
- Impaired school or work performance and or attendance.
- Legal and financial problems
- Increased use of tobacco.
What 14-17 year olds are doing
The drinking patterns of teenagers aged between 14 and 17:
- 78% have drunk alcohol at least once
- 45% drink less than weekly
- 28% drink weekly
- 0.4% drink daily
By the time a teenager reaches 17:
- 95% will have consumed alcohol.
- 55% will have had a drink in the past week.
How often teenagers drink
- 24.4% of girls drink weekly.
- 31.2% of boys drink weekly.
- 74.1% of girls report they are occasional drinkers.
- 72.4% of boys report they are occasional drinkers.
- 21% of teenagers say they have never had a full serve of alcohol.
- 12% of girls report drinking harmful levels of alcohol (more than 5 standard drinks on any one day).
- 10% of boys report drinking harmful levels of alcohol (more than 7 standard drinks on any one day).
- 8% of teenagers regularly consume alcohol at risky levels (between 29 and 42 drinks for adult males and between 15 and 28 drinks for adult females).
- 10% of females are more likely to consume risky levels of alcohol.
- 6% of males are more likely to consume risky levels of alcohol.
Young people now start to drink at a younger age
- In 2002, 63% of teens had their first drink at age 14.
- Only 9% of people over 65 had their first drink at 14.
Source: The Australian Drug Foundation.