Despite a decline in alcohol use, young people still drink at risky levels
We have seen a decline in alcohol use among young people in Western Australia. The proportion of WA students aged 12 to 17 not drinking has more than doubled from 12.3% in 2005 to 31.5% in 2014.
Despite the decline, many young people drink at levels considered to place adults 'at risk' of short term harm. In 2014, of those students who drank in the past week (13.9%), 1 in 3 (29.8%) drank at risk of short term harm.
Many young people still drink to get drunk; 35.8% of WA school students aged 16 to 17 who had alcohol in the last week say "One of the main reasons I drink is to get drunk".