Which alcohol beverages do Australians aged 12-17 years usually drink?

The largest proportion of young Australians aged 12-17 years usually consumes premixed spirits (either canned or bottled).

23% of Australians aged 12-17 years, who drink alcohol, usually drink canned premixed spirits, 23% usually drink bottled premixed spirits, 16% usually drink regular strength beer, 16% usually drink bottled spirits/liqueur, and 7% usually drink bottled wine.

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

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 Which alcohol beverages do Australian school students aged 12-17 years usually drink?). 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).