Single occasion risky drinking is defined as: secondary students who reported more than four alcoholic drinks on at least one day in the last seven days before the survey

  • There has been a statistically significant decrease since 1996 in single-occasion risky drinking
  • Males were significantly more likely to partake in single-occasion risky drinking
  • Older age groups were significantly more likely to consume alcohol at risky drinking levels
  • The differences between 2011 and 2014 were not significant

Australian guidelines to reduce health risk form drinking alcohol

Guideline 3   
Children and young people under 18 years of age
For children and young people under 18 years of age, not drinking alcohol is the safest option.
A:  Parents and carers should be advised that children under 15 years of age are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking and that for this age group, not drinking alcohol is especially important.
B:  For young people aged 15−17 years, the safest option is to delay the initiation of drinking for as long as possible. 

Guideline 2  
Reducing the risk of injury on a single occasion of drinking
On a single occasion of drinking, the risk of alcohol-related injury increases with the amount consumed.
For healthy men and women, drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion.


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