Australians are drinking less alcohol and more teens are choosing not to drink

October 2016
Trends in alcohol availability, use and treatment: 2003–04 to 2014–15 is not new research but a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) that uses several different data sources, including the previously released 2013 National Drug Household Survey results. Although alcohol consumption continues to be a major issue, more Australians abstained from alcohol in 2013, particularly young people aged 12–17, than in 2010 and those over 14 years old reported lower levels of drinking at risky levels compared with previous years. Not surprisingly, Australians aged 18–24 were more likely than any other age group to drink at risky levels for all but one measure of risky drinking.

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