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

When Australians aged 12-17 years drink alcohol, males are more likely than females to drink seven or more standard drinks per drinking occasion. Females are more likely than males to drink three to six standard drinks.

42% of male and 43% of female Australians aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually consume 1-2 standard drinks. 17% of male and 25% of female Australians aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually consume 3-4 standard drinks. 10%* of male and 12% of female Australians aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually consume 5-6 standard drinks. 30% of male and 20% 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). 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: The quantity of alcohol consumed by school students differs from the quantity consumed by young people in the general population (see FAQ When Australian school students aged 12-17 years drink alcohol, do males or females consume more each week?). This is due to the use of different survey measures. The school students’ survey (ASSAD) presents data on the average amount of alcohol consumed over a week. By contrast, the general population survey (NDSHS) presents data on the amount of alcohol usually consumed on a drinking occasion. 

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