Report

Changes and influences on adolescent drinking in New Zealand

Publisher
Youth drinking Youth Alcohol New Zealand
Description

In this report, longitudinal survey data from New Zealand were used to track drinking patterns among adolescents (16 to 17-year-olds) and the wider population (16 to 65-year-olds) from 2011 to 2015.

Key findings

By the time they were 20 to 21-years-old, adolescents had decreased the quantity of alcohol they drank on a typical occasion compared to when they were 16 to 17-years-old (but still drank at a high-risk level). The decrease was largely driven by a decline in drinking among heavier drinkers. While certain measures (eg, tobacco smoking and cannabis use) were associated with heavier drinking, change over time in these measures did not explain the decrease in adolescent drinking.

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