Although fewer teenagers in Australia are drinking, those that are drinking, are consuming on average 13 alcoholic drinks per session, increasing their risk of alcohol harm, with one in five experiencing blackouts.
Research from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre revealed that males are drinking 15 beverages on average and females are consuming 11 alcoholic drinks in one session.
The survey of 3500 of the heaviest drinking teenagers between 14-19, showed that the young people that are still drinking are drinking more.
Some of the risks these young people are making themselves vulnerable to include blackouts, risk of injury, vomiting, regretted sexual behaviour and regretted social behaviour such as arguments.
The researchers also found that there is no benefit from parents giving alcohol to their children at home, contrary to what many parents believe.