National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2011

4.3 Access to alcohol

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Students who had consumed alcohol in their lifetime were asked how they accessed their last alcoholic drink. The most common sources of alcohol for current drinkers are shown in Table 4.4 for males and females in the two age groups 12 to 15 years and 16 to 17 years.

Table 4.4: Most common sources of last alcoholic drink among current drinkers^#†, Australia, 2011

12 to 15 years

Did not buy, supplied by
Males
(%)
Females
(%)
Total
(%)
Parents
37.3
32.0
34.9
Siblings
9.6
8.9
9.3
Took from home
8.6
7.3
8.0
Friends
19.8
28.4
23.7
Someone else bought
14.4
16.4
15.3

16 to 17 years

Did not buy, supplied by
Males
(%)
Females
(%)
Total
(%)
Parents
29.4
33.2
31.3
Siblings
7.6
6.3
7.0
Took from home
2.6
1.9
2.3
Friends
20.7
23.7
22.2
Someone else bought
25.6
27.1
26.3

Total

Did not buy, supplied by
Males
(%)
Females
(%)
Total
(%)
Parents
33.2
32.7
32.9
Siblings
8.6
7.5
8.0
Took from home
5.5
4.2
4.9
Friends
20.3
25.7
22.8
Someone else bought
20.2
22.5
21.3

12 to 15 years

Bought from
Males
(%)
Females
(%)
Total
(%)
Liquor story/supermarket
0.7
0.2
0.5
Bottle shop
0.3
0.3
0.3
Drive-in bottle shop
0.0
0.9
0.4
Bar/Pub/RSL
0.2
0.2
0.2
Restaurant
0.3
0.6
0.5

16 to 17 years

Bought from
Males
(%)
Females
(%)
Total
(%)
Liquor story/supermarket
3.7
1.6
2.7
Bottle shop
1.4
1.2
1.3
Drive-in bottle shop
2.2
0.3
1.2
Bar/Pub/RSL
2.5
1.0
1.8
Restaurant
0.1
0.5
0.3

Total

Bought from
Males
(%)
Females
(%)
Total
(%)
Liquor story/supermarket
2.3
1.0
1.7
Bottle shop
0.9
0.8
0.8
Drive-in bottle shop
1.2
0.5
0.9
Bar/Pub/RSL
1.4
0.7
1.0
Restaurant
0.2
0.6
0.4

^ Current drinkers: students who drank on any of the past seven days.
# Additional sources of alcohol were included in the survey. As only the most common sources are shown, percentages do not add to 100%.
† Percentages exclude responses from students who gave more than one source of alcohol.

Parents were the most common source of alcohol with 33% of 12- to 17-year-old current drinkers indicating their parents gave them their last drink.

Younger current drinkers (aged 12 to 15 years) were less likely to get someone else to buy alcohol for them than current drinkers aged 16 to 17 years (p<0.01) Among current drinkers aged 12 to 15 years, obtaining alcohol from friends (24%) was more common than obtaining it from someone else (15%).

Among older current drinkers, 22% indicated that they obtained their last alcoholic drink from friends, while 26% indicated that someone else bought it for them.

Among current drinkers, 3% of 12- to 15-year-olds and 8% of 16- to 17-year-olds reported to have bought their last alcoholic drink themselves.

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