An equalising trend

Both adolescent males and females now typically have their first drink at just over 14 years. By contrast, women born between 1953 and 1962 had their first alcoholic beverage at 17 – more than two years later than their male counterparts. 

Likewise, in the 10 years between 1997 and 2007, the number of young female Australians diagnosed with symptoms of alcohol abuse increased by 27,000.

Yet only a third of people with alcohol use disorders will receive treatment over their lifetime – and young