According to a new report conducted by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) – and funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) – the number of 14-17 year olds that ‘binge drink’ has halved in the last decade.
The research showed that the percentages of people between 14 and 17 years of age that said they had consumed 20 or more drinks on at least one occasion over the last 12 months, had decreased from 10 per cent in 2001 to only 5.1 per cent in 2013, when the data was collected. Furthermore, it was found in the same age group that the amount of people drinking 5 or more drinks in the preceding year, on at least one occasion, had also decreased from 41.8 per cent to 19.8 per cent between 2001 and 2013. 57.3 per cent of this group even said they didn’t drink at all, when asked in the 2013 survey, compared to only 28 per cent in 2001.
This data shows that alcohol consumption amongst minors is decreasing and that proposed new laws, such as the proposed legislation in WA that would heavily fine adults giving under-age persons alcohol without explicit consent from parents, are unnecessary ‘cotton-wool’ ideas.