This web-based release presents a summary of the national findings from the 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey. The 2016 NDSHS show that younger people (aged under 30) were smoking less, drinking less and using fewer illicit drugs in 2016 than in 2001. However, for people in their 40s, 50s and 60s, there was little to no change in drug usage behaviours over this period but their use of some drugs has increased between 2013 and 2016.

Note: Revisions for physical abuse estimates were updated April 2020.

  • Cat. no: WEB 180
Findings from this report:
  • Meth/amphetamine has overtaken excessive drinking of alcohol as the drug of most concern to Australians (40%)

  • About 1 in 20 Australians had misused pharmaceuticals in 2016 (4.8%) and 3.6% had misused painkillers/opiates

  • Proportion of teenagers who have never smoked more than 100 cigarettes rose from 95% in 2013 to 98% in 2016

  • Daily smoking nearly halved from 24% in 1991 to 12.8% in 2013, but showed little change from 2013 to 2016 (12.2%)