Are male or female school students aged 12-17 years more likely to drink at levels that increase their short-term risk of injury?

Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years, boys are slightly more likely than girls to drink at levels that increase short-term risk of alcohol-related injury.

In 2017, 18% of male school students aged 12-17 years drank alcohol at short term risky levels in the past fortnight, compared to 15% of female school students. In 2017, 24% of male school students aged 12-17 years drank alcohol at short risky levels in the past month, compared to 23% of female school students. In 2017, 44% of male school students aged 12-17 years drank alcohol at short term risky levels in the past year, compared to 40% of female school students. In 2017, 46% of male school students aged 12-17 years had ever drank alcohol at short term risky levels, compared to 43% of female school students.

Source: Cancer Council Victoria (2018). ASSAD 2017 Statistics & Trends: Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, over-the-counter drugs, and illicit substances.

Short-Term Risk of Alcohol-Related Injury: Current Australian alcohol guidelines state that drinking five or more standard drinks on any single occasion significantly increases short-term risk of alcohol-related injury.