Rate of teens abstaining from alcohol almost doubles in 13 years

A study funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) examining Australian drinking patterns found a decline in underage binge drinking and an increase in the age at which many young people first drink alcohol. It also found the number of Australians aged between 14 and 17 who are binge drinking has decreased by half over the last 13 years, while the number of abstainers has more than doubled. Like the NDARC research paper released last year, this study uses data from previously released National Drug Strategy Household Surveys, not surprisingly finding very similar results.

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