Do younger and older Australians drink different types of alcohol beverages?

Younger and older Australians drink different types of alcohol beverages. Those aged 14-17 years are most likely to drink pre-mixed spirits, the popularity of which tends to decrease with age. Those aged 30 years and older are most likely to drink bottled wine, the popularity of which tends to increase with age. 

8% of Australians aged 14-17 years drink bottled wine; 16% drink regular strength beer; 15% drink bottled spirits/liqueur; 5%* drink mid strength beer; 22% drink canned pre-mixed sprits; 23% drink bottled pre-mixed spirits; 3%* drink low strength beer; 3%* drink cask wine; 4%* drink cider; and 0% drink fortified wine. 12% of Australians aged 18-24 years drink bottled wine; 24% drink regular strength beer; 22% drink bottled spirits/liqueur; 5% drink mid strength beer; 14% drink canned pre-mixed spirits; 13% drink bottled pre-mixed spirits; 1% drink low strength beer; 0.6%* drink cask wine; 7% drink cider; and 0.5%* drink fortified wine. 26% of Australians aged 25-29 years drink bottled wine; 27% drink regular strength beer; 17% drink bottled spirits/liqueur; 6% drink mid strength beer; 8% drink canned pre-mixed spirits; 6% drink bottled pre-mixed spirits; 2% drink low strength beer; 0.9%* drink cask wine; 6% drink cider; and 0.3%* drink fortified wine. 32% of Australians aged 30-39 years drink bottled wine; 27% drink regular strength beer; 15% drink bottled spirits/liqueur; 8% drink mid strength beer; 6% drink canned pre-mixed spirits; 4% drink bottled pre-mixed spirits; 2% drink low strength beer; 1% drink cask wine; 3% drink cider; and 0.6% drink fortified wine. 38% of Australians aged 40-49 years drink bottled wine; 23% drink regular strength beer; 14% drink bottled spirits/liqueur; 8% drink mid strength beer; 5% drink canned pre-mixed spirits; 3% drink bottled pre-mixed spirits; 3% drink low strength beer; 2% drink cask wine; 2% drink cider; and 0.9% drink fortified wine. 45% of Australians aged 50-59 years drink bottled wine; 17% drink regular strength beer; 12% drink bottled spirits/liqueur; 8% drink mid strength beer; 4% drink canned pre-mixed spirits; 2% drink bottled pre-mixed spirits; 5% drink low strength beer; 3% drink cask wine; 2% drink cider; and 1% drink fortified wine. 46% of Australians aged 60-69 years drink bottled wine; 13% drink regular strength beer; 11% drink bottled spirits/liqueur; 9% drink mid strength beer; 2% drink canned pre-mixed spirits; 0.9% drink bottled pre-mixed spirits; 9% drink low strength beer; 6% drink cask wine; 0.7% drink cider; and 2% drink fortified wine. 41% of Australians aged 70+ years drink bottled wine; 10% drink regular strength beer; 13% drink bottled spirits/liqueur; 7% drink mid strength beer; 0.7%* drink canned pre-mixed spirits; 0.5%* drink bottled pre-mixed spirits; 10% drink low strength beer; 10% drink cask wine; 0.6%* drink cider; and 5% drink fortified 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 may not tally to 100% due to rounding. In addition, the graph does not show the beverage type categories 'home brew beer’ or 'other'. Between zero and two percent of respondents selected these beverage categories across all age groups.