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There are a number of other data sources available to inform the picture of alcohol and other drug use, treatment and implications in Australia.

National Drug Strategy publications

  • A series of publications including treatment guides, policy evaluation and studies.
  • For a complete list of publications, please view the website National Drug Strategy Publications.

Australian Secondary Schools Alcohol and Drugs Survey (ASSADS)

Bettering the Evaluation And Care of Health (BEACH)

  • BEACH is a continuous national study of general practice activity that began in April 1998. About 1,000 randomly selected GPs participate each year, each providing details for 100 consecutive patient encounters.
  • BEACH: Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health can be viewed for more information.

The Burden of Disease and Injury in Australia 2003

  • Provides a comprehensive assessment of the health status of Australians by measures of mortality, disability, impairment, illness and injury arising from 176 diseases, injuries and risk factors
  • Uses a common metric, the disability-adjusted life year or DALY, and methods developed by the Global Burden of Disease Study.
  • In 1998, around 19,000 deaths were attributable to the use of tobacco, accounting for 80% of all drug- or alcohol-related deaths.
  • Almost 10% of the total burden of disease in Australia in 1996 was attributable to tobacco smoking.
  • llicit drug use is associated with around 1,000 deaths per year in Australia; however, these deaths are typically among young persons, resulting in a large number of years of life lost due to premature mortality. When combined with years lived with disability, illicit drug use is estimated to have accounted for almost 2% of the total burden of disease in Australia in 1996.
  • For more information please view The burden of Disease and Injury in Australia 2003.

Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)

Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)

  • The IDRS monitors trends and patterns in price, purity, availability, use and associated harms of illicit drugs. Data is from a sample of injecting drug users, experts in the drug and alcohol field and external agencies.
  • For more information, please view the website Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS).

National Health Survey (NHS)

  • The NHS is a series of regular health surveys managed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics that collect information about the health status of Australians, use of health services and facilities. The survey is run every three years, selecting about 25,000 adults at random. The NHS collects information on the use of Alcohol and Tobacco.
  • For more information, please view the website Health Survey (National).

Statistics on Drug Use in Australia

  • Statistics on Drug Use in Australia are a series of publications commissioned by the Department of Health and Ageing and published by AIHW reporting on long term trends on drug use in Australia.
  • These publications are available through Alcohol and other drugs publications.

For a more complete guide to sources of drug use in Australia, see the ABS reference
Illicit drug use, Sources of Australian Data, 2001 (ABS Cat. No. 4808.0).

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