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

Among Australians aged 12-17 years, younger youth are more likely to usually consume bottled spirits/liqueur, while older youth are more likely to usually consume canned premixed spirits and regular strength beer. Youth of all ages are approximately equally as likely to usually consume bottled premix spirits and bottled wine. 

16%* of Australians aged 12-15 years, who drink alcohol, usually drink canned premixed spirits, 24% usually drink bottled premixed spirits, 10%* usually drink regular strength beer, 21% usually drink bottled spirits/liqueur, and 7%* usually drink bottled wine. 26% of Australians aged 16-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually drink canned premixed spirits, 23% usually drink bottled premixed spirits, 18% usually drink regular strength beer, 13% usually drink bottled spirits/liqueur, and 7%* 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 younger and older 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).