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The AIHW is one of Australia's premier sources of statistics and related information on drug and alcohol use, and on alcohol and drug treatment services. The Australian Government Department of Health funds much of our work in these areas as part of Australia's National Drug Strategy.
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Almost 1 in 5 people aged 14 or older consumed more than 2 standard drinks per day on average, exceeding the lifetime risk guidelines.
1 in 4 (26%) had, on at least 1 occasion per month, consumed alcohol at a level placing them at risk of injury.
13% of Australians smoked daily in 2013, the lowest rate ever reported.
Fewer children are being exposed to tobacco smoke inside their home, with adults smoking inside less than 4% homes with dependent children.
In 2013, 1 in 5 smokers successfully gave up for at least a month.
In 2013, 15% of Australians had used an illicit drug in the previous 12 months and 42% had used an illicit drug in their life time.
Cannabis, ecstasy, meth/amphetamine and cocaine were the most commonly used illicit drugs.
In 2013, almost 5% of Australians had used a pharmaceutical drug for non-medical purposes in the previous 12 months.
Around 115,000 people received treatment from specialist alcohol and other drug treatment agencies in 2014–15.
Alcohol was the most common drug leading people to seek treatment, accounting for 38% of treatment episodes.
Counselling was the most common treatment type (40%).
Over 1 in 2 pregnant women consumed alcohol before they knew they were pregnant and 1 in 4 continued to drink once they knew they were pregnant in 2013.
Indigenous Australians were 2.5 times as likely as non-Indigenous Australians to smoke tobacco daily.
Almost twice as many recent illicit drug users as non-users have been diagnosed with, or treated for, a mental illness.
Conducted every three years, yields detailed information on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use within Australia, as well as community attitudes to drug use. Both legal and illegal drugs are covered.
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