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

Both younger and older Australian school students aged 12-17 years who drank alcohol in the past week usually drank premixed spirits. Wine was more common among younger students.

In 2017, 32% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 40% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, usually drank premixed spirits. In 2017, 25% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 20% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, usually drank beer. In 2017, 19% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 20% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, usually drank spirits. In 2017, 7% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 9% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, usually drank alcoholic energy drinks. In 2017, 7% of Australian school students aged 12-15 years and 4% of those aged 16-17 years, who drank alcohol in the past week, 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.