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Teens drink more alcohol than adults

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A study has found Australians are consuming more alcohol now than we did in 2001. In particular, 15-19 year old teens drink more standard drinks than adults.

The research was published in the Medical Journal of Australia and compared data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ National Health Surveys conducted in 2001 and 2011-2012.

Although the survey in 2001 didn’t collect data about 15- 19 year olds, the 2011-2012 survey found that the average daily consumption for this age group was 7.1 standard drinks compared to 4.3 standard drinks for adults.

Related: Should the legal age for buying alcohol be raised to 21 years?

Researchers Professor Farhat Yusuf and Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder, from the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney found that 41.6% of teens had consumed alcohol during the week before the interview, compared with 60.1% of those 18 years or older.

They also found that the weighted average daily alcohol intake increased between the two surveys by 13%. Australians drank an average of 3.9 standard drinks in 2001 compared to 4.3 in 2011–2012.

The data also revealed that “tertiary qualifications, employment and white-collar occupations were associated with lower daily levels of alcohol consumption.

“Moreover, relatively disadvantaged people reported higher consumption levels, and they also spent a somewhat larger proportion of their household budget on alcohol.”

Read the study at the Medical Journal of Australia.

Related: Survey of alcohol-related presentations to Australasian emergency departments