Are male or female school students aged 12-17 years more likely to drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of injury?

Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years, boys are slightly more likely than girls to drink at levels that increase short-term risk of alcohol-related injury.

In 2014, 12% of male school students aged 12-17 years drank alcohol at short term risk of alcohol-related injury levels in the past fortnight, compared to 10% of female school students. In 2014, 18% of male school students aged 12-17 years drank alcohol at short term risk of alcohol-related injury levels in the past month, compared to 16% of female school students. In 2014, 29% of male school students aged 12-17 years drank alcohol at short term risk of alcohol-related injury levels in the past year, compared to 29% of female school students. In 2014, 33% of male school students aged 12-17 years had ever drank alcohol at short term risk of alcohol-related injury levels, compared to 32% of female school students.

Source: Cancer Council Victoria (2016). Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2014.

Short-Term Risk of Alcohol-Related Injury: Current Australian alcohol guidelines state that drinking five or more standard drinks on any single occasion significantly increases short-term risk of alcohol-related injury.