Young Australians Alcohol Reporting System (YAARS)


The Young Australians Alcohol Reporting System (YAARS) aims to investigate higher risk drinking practices among Australian adolescents.

YAARS was first trialled in 2013 in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Bunbury (regional WA). In 2016 and 2017, 3,500 14-19 year olds were surveyed in every jurisdiction of Australia. These young people were selected as they were engaging in drinking patterns that were associated with risk of harm.

Our participants described their most recent risky drinking session, including how much they drank, where they drank, the types of beverages they had, some of the outcomes of this consumption, and how they tried to keep safe while drinking. We asked about these experiences to determine which factors contribute to, or protect young people from alcohol related harms.

YAARS is run by the National Drug Research Institute (Curtin University) with collaborating partners from the University of New South Wales (NSW), Monash University (VIC), the University of Tasmania (TAS), Flinders University (SA), ACT Health (ACT), Charles Darwin University (NT), and the University of Queensland (QLD). The team is supported by the Commonwealth Department of Health to promote the health and wellbeing of young people.


National report

This comprehensive report describes the findings from the 3,500 surveys conducted with risky drinking 14-19 year old Australians from October 2016 to March 2017.

While in recent years many Australian teenagers choose not to drink at all, in 2016 one in five 14-19 year olds still drank at levels that put them at risk of injury, at least once a month (NDSHS 2017). YAARS caters to the young people who are overrepresented in alcohol-related harm statistics, but underrepresented in mainstream Australian health surveys.

This national report describes these risky drinkers’ usual alcohol use patterns, their most recent risky drinking session, and a range of other related health behaviours and outcomes from the past 12 months.

Bulletins by jurisdiction

These four-page bulletins provide a graph-based overview of each state and territory’s ‘most recent risky drinking session’ 2016-17 findings.

Bulletins by topic

These four page graph-based bulletins are a summary of some of the peer-reviewed articles we wrote using the 2013 YAARS data.

Jurisdiction-specific reports

These site-reports provide state and territory specific background on the data collection context and findings from the ‘most recent risky drinking session’.

Peer reviewed publications

Lam, T., Laslett, A., L., Ogeil, R., Lubman, D., Liang, W., Chikritzhs, T., N., Gilmore, W., Lenton, S., Fischer, J., Aiken, A., Mattick, R., Burns, L., Midford, R. and Allsop, S. From eye rolls to punches: experience of harm from others’ drinking amongst risky drinking adolescents across Australia. Public Health Research & Practice. [In Press]

Lam, T., Ogeil, R., Allsop, S., Chikritzhs, T., N., Fischer, J., Midford, R., Gilmore, W., Lenton, S., Liang, W., Lloyd, B., Aiken, A., Mattick, R. and Lubman, D. (2018). Insomnia and regulation of sleep-wake cycle with drugs among adolescent risky drinkers. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 14, (9), pp. 1529-1537. View web page

Aiken, A., Lam, T., Gilmore, W., Burns, L., Chikritzhs, T., N., Lenton, S., Lloyd, B., Lubman, D., Ogeil, R. and Allsop, S. (2018). Youth perceptions of alcohol advertising: Are current advertising regulations working? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. View web page

Wilson, J., C., Ogeil, R., Lam, T., Lenton, S., Lloyd, B., Burns, L., Aiken, A., Gilmore, W., Chikritzhs, T., N., Mattick, R., Lubman, D. and Allsop, S. (2018). Re-thinking pre-drinking: Implications from a sample of teenagers who drink in private settings. International Journal of Drug Policy, 52, pp. 20-24. View web page

Lam, T., Lenton, S., Ogeil, R., Burns, L., Aiken, A., Chikritzhs, T., N., Gilmore, W., Lloyd, B., Wilson, J., C., Lubman, D., Mattick, R. and Allsop, S. (2017). Most recent risky drinking session with Australian teenagers. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41, (1), pp. 105–110. View web page

Ogeil, R., Lloyd, B., Lam, T., Lenton, S., Burns, L., Aiken, A., Gilmore, W., Chikritzhs, T., N., Mattick, R., Allsop, S. and Lubman, D. (2016). Pre-drinking behaviour of young heavy drinkers: Differences based on demographics and location. Substance Use and Misuse, 51, (10), pp. 1297-1306. View web page

Lam, T., Lenton, S., Burns, L., Aiken, A., Ogeil, R., Gilmore, W., Chikritzhs, T., N., Lloyd, B., Lubman, D., Mattick, R. and Allsop, S. (2015). Alcohol policy impact on young risky drinkers and their support for proposed measures. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39, (2), pp. 129-134. View web page


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National Drug Research Institute (national coordination - WA)
  • Dr Tina Lam
  • Prof. Simon Lenton
  • Prof. Tanya Chikritzhs
  • Mr William Gilmore
  • Dr Wenbin Liang
  • Ms Ines Pandzic
  • Prof. Steve Allsop
Turning Point and Monash University, VIC
  • Dr Rowan Ogeil
  • Ms Agatha Faulkner
  • A/Prof. Belinda Lloyd
  • Prof. Daniel Lubman
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of NSW
  • Ms Alexandra Aiken
  • Dr Lucy Burns
  • Prof. Richard Mattick
Australian National University and ACT Health
  • ACT Health
  • Dr Anna Olsen
School of Psychology, University of TAS
  • Mr Oliver De Angelis
  • A/Prof. Raimondo Bruno
National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, SA
  • Prof. Ann Roche
  • Dr Jane Fischer
  • Mr Allan Trifonoff
Charles Darwin University and the Menzies School of Health Research, NT
  • Prof. Richard Midford
Institute for Social Science Research, University of QLD
  • Dr Caroline Salom
  • Prof. Rosa Alati