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

4.5 Places where students drink

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Current drinkers were asked to indicate where they consumed their last alcoholic drink. The most common responses to this question are shown in Table 4.6.

Table 4.6: Most common locations of last alcoholic drink for current drinkers, Australia, 2011^†#

12 to 15 years

Location
Males
(%)
Females
(%)
Total
(%)
-
(n=852)
(n=858)
(n=1710)
Party
25.9
30.0
27.7
At home
40.2
36.7
38.6
Friend’s house
11.2
15.5
13.2

16 to 17 years

Location
Males
(%)
Females
(%)
Total
(%)
-
(n=1271)
(n=1335)
(n=2606)
Party
38.7
41.1
39.9
At home
23.8
22.4
23.1
Friend’s house
18.5
20.6
19.6

Total

Location
Males
(%)
Females
(%)
Total
(%)
-
(n=2123)
(n=2193)
(n=4316)
Party
32.7
36.3
34.4
At home
31.6
28.5
30.1
Friend’s house
15.1
18.4
16.7

^ Current drinkers: students who drank on any of the past seven days.
† Percentages exclude responses from students who reported multiple drinking locations.
# Additional drinking places were included in the survey. As only the most common places are shown, percentages do not add to 100%.

The three main drinking locations were: the family home, a friend’s home and a party. About 80% of students who were current drinkers indicated they drank their last alcoholic drink in one of these three places.

About 34% of all current drinkers reported to have last consumed alcohol at a party and 30% last consumed alcohol in their home.

Of current drinkers aged 12 to 17 years, 17% consumed alcohol at a friend’s house.

Current drinkers aged 16 to 17 years were more likely to have had their last alcoholic drink at parties than current drinkers aged 12 to 15 years (p<0.01). Younger current drinkers were more likely to drink alcohol at home than the older age group (p<0.01).

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