Prevalence data used in SHAHRP resource materials was updated in 2012 as part of the SHAHRP Refresh project, funded by Healthway. The updated statistics represent national data, and will be further updated as new national data becomes available.

Statistics in the teacher's manual and student workbooks were updated using various resources including the National Drug Strategy Household Survey (2010), Australian School Students Alcohol and Drug Survey (2008) and the National Alcohol Indicators Project Bulletin (2004). When absence of new data meant statistics could not be updated, additional statistics were adopted as recommended by SHAHRP Refresh key informants and when deemed relevant and interesting to young people.

Users of SHAHRP can transfer this data to their use of the program.

Original Updated (2012) Comments
Year 8s who say they are non-drinkers
Colour in the number of year 8s in a group of 20 who say they are non-drinkers
Answer: 14 heads
Question remains the same - different statistic
At age 13, 78% of year 8s say they are non-drinkers (0.78x20 = 15.6)
Answer: 16 heads
ASSAD pg. 46
Adult regular drinkers
Colour in the number of adults in a group of 20 who would be regular drinkers
Answer: 16 heads
Question remains the same - different statistic
49.4% of adults are regular drinkers
Answer: 10 heads (or 5/10)
NDSHS pg.48
"Regular Drinkers" defined as adults drinking at least weekly [daily and weekly categories in alcohol drinking status of National Data (41.7% + 7.7%)] = 49.4%
Young men and road deaths
Put a cross through the number of cars in a group of 10 that represents the percentage of young men who die in alcohol related road deaths
Answer: 6 cars (6/10)
New question
What proportion of all alcohol related deaths for 14-17 year old males is due to drink driving?

Answer: 7 cars (7/10)
NAIP Bulletin
Update of original statistic unavailable
Male/female choice drinks
Put the male symbol in the drink which is most chosen by male secondary school students and the female symbol in the one most chosen by female secondary school students.
Answer: Male = beer
Female = spirits
Question remains the same - different statistic
Male = premixed sprits (38%)
Female = premixed spirits (62.1%)
NDSHS pg. 77
Year 8s who say they are heavy drinkers
Colour in how many out of 100 Year 8s say they are heavy drinkers
Answer: 1 in 100
Question remains the same - different statistic
At age 13, 0.4% of year 8s say that they are heavy drinkers
Answer: 1 in 200
ASSAD pg. 46
Colour in the heads to show how many out of 20 Year 8s have tried alcohol
Answer: 16 out of 20
Question remains the same (with different language) - different statistic
Show how many out of 20 year 8s have tried (had a sip or taste of) alcohol
Answer: 15 out of 20
ASSAD pg. 37
Changed language to decrease normalisation of drinking
Year 8s (13 year olds). 25.1% are abstainers, therefore ~75% have tried
Drug related deaths - shade in the alcohol related deaths for each of the groups
a) drinkers aged 15-34 (shade in 62% section)
b) adult population (shade in 25% section)
New question
Alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs are risk factors that can lead to death. Shade in on the pie graph the risk of death from alcohol for young males and females
Answer: males 15-25 - 72%; females 15-25 - 55%
Updated statistic unavailable
New statistic retrieved from: Begg S, T. Vos, et al. The Burden of Disease and Injury in Australia 2003. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; 2007
Sexual harm
90% of young girls report feeling sexually vulnerable as a result of their own or someone else's drinking
New sexual harm question
Young people, especially young women, are at high risk of abuse, including rape, when they are drunk
Updated statistic unavailable
Harms and the law
Alcohol plays a part in at least 40% of judicial separations or divorces and 30% of child abuse cases. About 40% of serious assaults involve alcohol. More than 1/3 of people convicted of homicide were known to have consumed alcohol
New statistic Violence
The rate of physical abuse by a person affected by alcohol is more than twice the rate for other drugs. About three in four males (75.7%) who had experienced physical assault in the past 12 months reported alcohol contributed to the incident, compared to 57.4% of women
Updated statistic Unavailable
New statistic retrieved from: Australian Institute of Criminology (2009)
Between 10pm-4am, 74% of injured people attending a major Perth hospital said they had consumed alcohol within the six hour period before the injury
New statistic (national) Injuries
It has been estimated that more than 60 Australians aged 14-17 are hospitalised each week from alcohol related causes
NAIP Bulletin
National data. Replacement deemed more relevant to young people
Alcohol accounts for 25% of all drug-related deaths in Australia, and 62% of all drug-related deaths among young people aged 15-34
Drinking contributes to the three leading causes of death among adolescents: unintentional injuries, homicide and suicide. It has been estimated that 1 Australian teenager dies each week from alcohol-related causes
NAIP Bulletin
Replacement deemed more interesting for young people


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  2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2011). 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report. Drug statistics series no. 25. Cat. no. PHE 145. Canberra: AIHW.
  3. Begg, S., Vos, T., et al. The burden of disease and injury in Australia 2003. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; 2007.
  4. Chikritzhs, T., Pascal, P., and Jones, P. (2004). Under-aged drinking among 14-17 year olds and related harms in Australia, National Alcohol Indicators, Bulletin No.7, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology: Perth.
  5. White, V., and Hayman, J. (2005). Australian secondary school students' use of over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2005. Prepared for: National Drug Strategy Unit, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.