NSW high school students are drinking less and eating better, according to a new survey.
The landmark study into nutrition, physical activity and alcohol consumption trends of 8000 students aged 12 to 17 was released by Mental Health Minister Kevin Humphries on Wednesday.
Mr Humphries said key findings revealed high school students were drinking less alcohol overall, but those drinking were often younger, drinking to get drunk and placing themselves in risky situations.
“The survey indicates a positive downward trend in teenage drinking rates, which suggests that over time our teenage school students are becoming more aware of the dangers of binge drinking and under-age alcohol consumption and are changing their behaviour as a result,” he said.
Among the key findings of the report is there has been a substantial reduction between 1987 and 2011 of the number of students aged 12 to 17 who have ever consumed an alcoholic drink (90.2 per cent to 68.8 per cent).