Which alcohol beverages do Australian school students aged 12-17 years usually drink?

Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years who drank alcohol in the past week, the largest proportion usually drank premixed spirits (37%), followed by spirits (27%), and beer (18%)

37% of Australian school students aged 12-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, usually drank premixed spirits, 27% usually drank spirits, 18% usually drank full strength beer, 7% usually drank wine, 3% usually drank low alcohol beer, and 2% 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 Which alcohol beverages do Australians aged 12-17 years usually drink?). 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).