The Western Australian (WA) data obtained in the 2011 Australian School Students Alcohol and Drug Survey showed that:
Between 2008 and 2011 there has been an increase in the number of students (aged 12-17 years) in WA not drinking alcohol, but those that do drink are drinking at harmful levels.
Rates of alcohol use declining
Risky drinking increase for those that drank in the last week:
Based on adult guidelines, of those students who drank in the last week (17.5%), more than one-third (36.2%) drank at risky levels for single occasion alcohol-related harm. Just over two-fifths of males (40.6%) and almost one-third of females (31.8%) drank at risk.
Of the 17 year old students surveyed who drank in the previous week:
For 17 year old male students:
For 17 year old female students:
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On a single occasion of drinking, the risk of alcohol-related injury increases with the amount consumed. 2
Based on the best available evidence about alcohol-related harm and young people the National Health and Medical Research Council advise that:
Most school aged young people do not drink alcohol regularly. However, on the occasions when young people do drink, they commonly drink more alcohol than is defined as low-risk for adults.**:
**The National Health and Medical Research Council advise that for healthy adult men and women, drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion reduces the risk of injury arising from that occasion. 2
The main source of a young persons’ (aged 12 to 17 years) last alcoholic drink in 2011 was reported as most commonly:
For 17 year olds, the main source of their last alcoholic drink in 2011 was most commonly:
1 Bridle R, Goggin, L., & Christou, A. Alcohol Trends in Western Australia: ASSAD Survey 2011. Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office, 2012.
2 National Health and Medical Research Council.(2009). Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol: Commonwealth of Australia
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