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

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

Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable health burden in Australia

People with mental health conditions are more likely to use tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs

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

Smoking and drinking rates are down among gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of ex-drinkers rose from 7.6% to 8.9%.

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