More Australian teenagers choosing not to drink

Using data from previously released National Drug Strategy Household Surveys, this NDARC research paper reports that rates of non-drinking among Australian adolescents aged 14-17 years have increased sharply over the past decade with over half now abstaining from alcohol. The percentage of Australian adolescents who did not drink, defined as not drinking alcohol over the past 12 months, jumped from 33 per cent in 2001 to just over 50 per cent in 2010. What was particularly interesting was that the decline “was uniform across gender, age, income, ethnic background, socioeconomic status, and teenagers living in the city and country.”

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