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

4.4 Who students ask to buy alcohol for them

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Students who reported that someone else bought their last alcoholic drink were asked to indicate who that person was. Students selected from options including: a friend who is 18 years or over; brother/sister 18 years or over; friend under 18 years; brother/sister under 18 years; or a stranger who was able to buy alcohol. Responses to this question are shown in Table 4.5 for males and females aged 12 to 15 years and 16 to 17 years.

Table 4.5: Common sources of alcohol among current drinkers^ who had someone else buy alcohol for them, Australia, 2011

12 to 15 years

Source
Males
(%)
Females
(%)
Total
(%)
-
(n=119)
(n=139)
(n=258)
Friend 18 years or over
69.9
70.4
70.0
Brother/sister 18 years or over
7.9
11.8
9.8
Friend under 18 years
7.9
9.9
8.9
Brother/sister under 18 years
1.1
0.0
0.6
Stranger
12.5
4.5
8.6

16 to 17 years

Source
Males
(%)
Females
(%)
Total
(%)
-
(n=314)
(n=355)
(n=669)
Friend 18 years or over
66.2
75.2
70.8
Brother/sister 18 years or over
15.4
11.1
13.2
Friend under 18 years
11.3
9.0
10.1
Brother/sister under 18 years
0.0
0.0
0.0
Stranger
4.8
2.0
3.4

Total

Source
Males
(%)
Females
(%)
Total
(%)
-
(n=433)
(n=494)
(n=927)
Friend 18 years or over
67.4
73.6
70.6
Brother/sister 18 years or over
12.8
11.3
12.0
Friend under 18 years
10.1
9.3
9.7
Brother/sister under 18 years
0.4
0.0
0.2
Stranger
7.5
2.8
5.1

^ Current drinkers: students who drank on any of the past seven days.

If someone else bought alcohol for students, it was most likely to be a friend aged 18 years or over (71%).

Only around 5% of current drinkers who had someone else buy alcohol for them, indicated this person was a stranger. Male current drinkers were more likely than females to report that a stranger bought their last alcoholic drink (p<0.01).

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