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

Both younger and older Australian school students aged 12-17 years who drank alcohol in the past week usually drank premixed spirits. Wine was more common among younger students, while alcoholic cider was more common among older students.

In 2014, 35% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 35% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, usually drank premixed spirits. In 2014, 18% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 23% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, usually drank spirits. In 2014, 18% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 17% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, usually drank beer. In 2014, 5% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 11% of those aged 16-17 years usually drank alcoholic cider. In 2014, 11% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 6% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, usually drank wine. In 2014, 3% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 4% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, 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.