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. 

The 2022 National Drug Strategy Household Survey is currently being conducted across Australia. You may be selected to participate. Find out more at www.aihw.gov.au/2022-ndshs

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Latest findings

Over the past 50 years, levels of apparent consumption of different alcoholic beverages changed substantially

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

There is a strong link between problematic alcohol or other drug use and experiences of homelessness

Non-medical pharmaceutical use is down, driven by a fall in use of pain-killers.

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

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

More reports and statistics on alcohol can be found under Alcohol & other drug treatment services, Illicit use of drugs and Smoking.