One of the more welcome trends in global alcohol consumption is that young people seem to be drinking less than ever.
We’ve got strong indications that this global trend is replicated at home, with data from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey showing that young Australians are having their first drink later, they’re more likely to abstain entirely and they’re less likely to drink at risky levels, compared to previous generations.
Yet we’ve seen little positive media coverage of young people or this positive new trend. Australian Drug Foundation intern Claudia Bellote set to finding out why that is. She spoke with alcohol and other drug professionals as well as laypeople to discover what the public understands about the changing face of Australian drinking culture.