Australia behind the pack in tracking youth binge drinking

Professor George Patton, from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, has completed an analysis of global youth health, finding up to one in five adolescents in high income countries were drinking at least weekly.

Austria and Ireland had the highest rates of binge drinking, and England was the fourth highest on the list for individuals who had ever been drunk by the age of 13 years.

But Australia could not be ranked because comparable figures were not available, Professor Patton said.

“We are a data-rich country in many ways but we cannot make easy comparisons about