Webinar: Declines in youth drinking – an unexpected development


Associate Professor Michael Livingston, the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University.


1 hour webinar recording and handout, available on demand.


Presented by Associate Professor Michael Livingston, this webinar is for school staff, parents, and any health professionals interested in youth alcohol consumption in Australia.

Since the early 2000s, adolescent drinking in Australia and in many high-income countries has fallen dramatically. For example, among 14-17-year-old Australians, the rate of risky drinking has fallen from 30% in 2001 to 9% in 2019. This presentation summarises what we know about these trends, what might be behind them and what they mean for adult drinking and future harm. It closes with key questions that represent important next steps for research.


This webinar will provide:

  • Data on trends in alcohol consumption in Australia
  • Research into reasons for the decline in youth drinking
  • How youth drinking impacts drinking into adulthood

Evidence Base

This webinar was developed by Associate Professor Michael Livingston at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. It was informed by a review of research evidence on this topic.

(Webinar conducted on 16/11/22)

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