Do male and female Australian school students aged 12-17 years usually drink different alcohol beverages?

Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years who consumed alcohol in the past week, girls usually drank premixed spirits (42%) followed by spirits (23%) while boys usually drank beer (29%) followed by premixed spirits (28%).

In 2014, 28% of male and 42% of female Australian school students aged 12-17 years who drank alcohol in the past week usually drank premixed spirits, 20% of males and 23% of females usually drank spirits, 29% of males and 5% of females usually drank beer, 8% of males and 9% of females usually drank alcoholic cider, 7% of males and 9% of females usually drank wine, and 2% of males and 4% of females usually drank alcoholic energy drinks.

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

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as only the six most common beverage types selected are reported. 

Data presented here concerns students who drank alcohol in the past week and excludes those who selected more than one beverage type. These data differ from NDSHS data concerning beverage types usually consumed by young people in the general population, which include those who drank in the past 12 months and those who selected more than one beverage type.