The consumption of alcohol is widespread within Australia and entwined with many social and cultural activities. However, harmful levels of consumption are a major health issue, associated with increased risk of chronic disease, injury and premature death.
More reports and statistics on alcohol can be found under Alcohol & other drug treatment services, Illicit use of drugs and Smoking.
16 Jul 2020
Smoking rates increase with socioeconomic disadvantage, but illicit drug use highest in the most advantaged areas.
Australians are increasingly supportive of cannabis use and most support pill-testing.
Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of people who had ever used e-cigarettes rose from 8.8% to 11.3%.
Non-medical pharmaceutical use is down, driven by a fall in use of pain-killers.
In 2019, 43% of Australians had illicitly used a drug in their life and 16.4% had used one in the last 12 months.
In 2019, 11.0% of Australians smoked tobacco daily, down from 12.2% in 2016 and 24% in 1991.
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