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2 In the 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 19% of young men aged 18-24 years reported that they had engaged in risky/high risk drinking at least once a week during the last 12 months.

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Among young women, 16% reported risky/high risk drinking on a regular basis, around three times as high as the proportion of women aged 25 years and over (5%).

Based on information from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, there were almost 3,000 hospital separations among young people aged 15-24 years due to acute intoxication with alcohol in 2005-06.

In 2005-06, there were 11,700 hospital separations related to drug use for young people aged 15-24 years.

5 Nearly 60% of the hospital separations were for young women.

In 2007, the average age at which young men aged 15-24 years said they first consumed alcohol was around 15 years.