Do younger and older Australians aged 12-17 years usually drink different alcohol beverages?

Among Australians aged 12-17 years, both younger and older youth mainly consumed premixed spirits.

In 2016, among Australians aged 12-15 year olds who drank alcohol, 43% mainly drank premixed spirits, 13%* mainly drank bottled spirits/liqueur, 8%* mainly drank regular strength beer, 3%** mainly drank cider, and 18%* mainly drank bottled wine. In 2016, among Australians aged 16-17 year olds who drank alcohol, 39% mainly drank premixed spirits, 16% mainly drank bottled spirits/liqueur, 10%* mainly drank regular strength beer, 12% mainly drank cider, and 6%* mainly drank bottled wine. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution. ** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

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

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as only the five most common main beverage types selected.

Data presented here concerns young Australians who have consumed alcohol in the past 12 months.  These data differ from ASSADS data concerning beverage types consumed by school students which only includes students who drank in the past week and excludes those who chose more than one beverage type.