When Australians aged 12-17 years drink alcohol, do males or females drink more?

When Australian youth aged 12-17 years drink alcohol, boys are more likely than girls to drink seven or more standard drinks per drinking occasion. Girls are more likely than boys to drink one to four standard drinks.

43% of male and 53% of female Australians aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually consume 1-2 standard drinks. 14%* of male and 22% of female Australians aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually consume 3-4 standard drinks. 15%* of male and 10%* of female Australians aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually consume 5-6 standard drinks. 28% of male and 16%* of female Australians aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually consume 7+ standard drinks. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2018).

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

Please note: These data differ from quantity of consumption data presented for young people in the general population due to differences in measures. In the secondary students’ survey (ASSAD), data measures indicate the average amount of alcohol consumed over a week. In the general population survey (NDSHS), data measures indicate the amount of alcohol usually consumed on a single drinking occasion.

Standard Drink: A drink that contains 10 grams (or 12.5 millilitres) of alcohol.