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 drank alcohol in the past week, female students usually consumed premixed spirits (44%) followed by spirits (30%), while male students usually consumed premixed spirits (30%) and full-strength beer (30%), followed by spirits (24%).

30% of male and 44% of female Australian school students aged 12-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, usually drank premixed spirits, 24% of males and 30% of females usually drank spirits, 30% of males and 4% of females usually drank full strength beer, 7% of males and 8% of females usually drank wines, 4% of males and 2% of females usually drank low alcohol beer, and 1% of males and 3% of females usually drank alcoholic soda.

Source: Cancer Council Victoria (2012). Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2011.

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

The beverage types usually consumed by school students differ from the beverage types usually consumed by young people in the general population (see FAQ Do male and female Australians aged 12-17 years usually drink different alcohol beverages?). This is due to the use of different survey measures. The school students’ survey (ASSAD) presents the preferred beverage type of students who drank alcohol in the past week, excluding those who selected more than one beverage type. By contrast, the general population survey (NDSHS) presents the preferred beverage type of students who drank alcohol in the past 12 months (including those who selected more than one beverage type).