Do male and female Australian school students aged 12-17 years usually drink different alcohol beverages?

Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years who consumed alcohol in the past week, girls usually drank premixed spirits (47%) followed by spirits (24%), while boys usually drank beer (34%) followed by premixed spirits (29%).

In 2017, 29% of male and 47% of female Australian school students aged 12-17 years who drank alcohol in the past week usually drank premixed spirits, 34% of males and 6% of females usually drank beer, 16% of males and 24% of females usually drank spirits, 8% of males and 9% of females usually drank alcoholic energy drinks, and 4% of males and 7% of females usually drank wine.

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

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as only the five most common beverage types selected are reported. 

Data presented here concerns students who drank alcohol in the past week and excludes those who selected more than one beverage type. These data differ from NDSHS data concerning beverage types usually consumed by young people in the general population, which include those who drank in the past 12 months and those who selected more than one beverage type.