Overview

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.

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Latest findings

People who inject drugs experience considerably poorer health outcomes than other drug users

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke has declined significantly

The non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs is an ongoing concern internationally

In 2019, 11.0% of Australians smoked tobacco daily, down from 12.2% in 2016 and 24% in 1991.

In 2019, 43% of Australians had illicitly used a drug in their life and 16.4% had used one in the last 12 months.

Smoking rates increase with socioeconomic disadvantage, but illicit drug use highest in the most advantaged areas.

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