Do younger and older 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, both younger and older students usually drank premixed spirits.

35% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 38% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, usually drank premixed spirits. 27% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 27% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, usually drank spirits. 16% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 19% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, usually drank full strength beer. 8% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 6% of those aged 16-17 years usually drank wine. 4% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 1% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, usually drank low alcohol beer. 2% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 2% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, 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 younger and older 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).