National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

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

4.6 Adult supervision of student drinking, location of supervised drinking and source of alcohol when drinking was supervised

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Students were asked if an adult was supervising them (and/or their friends) when they consumed their last alcoholic drink. Table 4.7 shows the percentage of male and female current drinkers in each age group who consumed their last alcoholic drink under adult supervision.

Table 4.7: Percentage of current drinkers who reported that an adult was supervising them when they consumed their last alcoholic drink#, Australia, 2011

Consumed last drink under adult supervision
12 yrs
(%)
13 yrs
(%)
14 yrs
(%)
15 yrs
(%)
16 yrs
(%)
17 yrs
(%)
Total
Males
65.2
64.2
67.0
62.5
59.9
61.5
62.4
Females
88.4
70.5
63.1
61.5
66.4
64.6
65.9
Total
74.3
67.4
65.2
62.0
63.1
63.0
64.0

# Students who consumed alcohol in the past seven days and provided information about adult supervision.

Overall, the majority (64%) of current drinkers reported that they had consumed their last alcoholic drink under adult supervision.

Among females, adult supervision of student drinking decreased with age (p<0.01), this age trend was not observed for males.

The proportion of male and female current drinkers in the three most common locations who consumed alcohol under adult supervision is shown in Table 4.8.

Table 4.8: Percentage of current drinkers# drinking at home, at a party or at a friends’ house who consumed their last alcoholic drink under adult supervision, Australia, 2011

Home
12-13 yrs
(%)
14 yrs
(%)
15 yrs
(%)
16 yrs
(%)
17 yrs
(%)
Total
(%)
Males
79.6
82.5
79.4
79.2
78.5
79.8
Females
94.1
77..3
80.9
82.0
78.7
83.1
Total
86.9
80.5
80.0
80.6
78.6
81.3
Party
12-13 yrs
(%)
14 yrs
(%)
15 yrs
(%)
16 yrs
(%)
17 yrs
(%)
Total
(%)
Males
53.2
65.3
65.6
56.4
63.5
61.0
Females
56.5
59.0
55.1
67.6
64.7
62.7
Total
54.7
62.2
60.4
62.1
64.1
61.8
Friend’s home
12-13 yrs
(%)
14 yrs
(%)
15 yrs
(%)
16 yrs
(%)
17 yrs
(%)
Total
(%)
Males
29.2
44.5
42.6
58.0
45.1
48.5
Females
67.4
42.6
50.3
54.9
61.7
55.5
Total
50.3
43.5
46.7
56.5
54.1
52.1

# Students who consumed alcohol in the past seven days and provided information about adult supervision.
† Percentages exclude responses from students who reported multiple drinking locations.
^ % of 12- and 13-year-olds were combined to ensure that estimates would be reliable as the sample size was small for 12-yearolds.

The majority (81%) of current drinkers across all age groups who consumed their last alcoholic drink at home did so under adult supervision.

While students who drank at parties were less likely to have been supervised, even among this group, around 62% of students aged between 12 and 17 years reported that they consumed alcohol under adult supervision.

Current drinkers who consumed their last drink at a friend’s home were the least likely to have drunk under adult supervision. However, even when students consumed alcohol at a friend’s home, just over half reported to be drinking under adult supervision.

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