Do male and female Australians aged 12-17 years usually drink different alcohol beverages?

Among Australians aged 12-17 years, the type of alcohol beverage usually consumed varies by gender.  Females usually consume bottled premixed spirits, while males usually consume canned premixed spirits or regular strength beer. 

26% of Australian males and 19% of Australian females aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually drink canned premixed spirits. 7%* of Australian males and 41% of Australian females aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually drink bottled premixed spirits. 26% of Australian males and 5%* of Australian females aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually drink regular strength beer. 16% of Australian males and 16% of Australian females aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually drink bottled spirits/liqueur. 3%* of Australian males and 12% of Australian females aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually drink bottled wine. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2015). 

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as only the five 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 Australian school students 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).