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released: 27 Jul 2011 author: AIHW media release

This 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report shows: positive and significant reductions since 2007 in daily tobacco smoking; mixed findings on alcohol consumption and risk; and a small overall rise in illicit drug use. In terms of attitudes to drugs, excessive alcohol use and tobacco smoking were nominated as the two most serious concerns to the community - and there were higher levels of support than previously for tobacco and alcohol harm reduction policies.

ISSN 1442-7230; ISBN 978-1-74249-188-2; Cat. no. PHE 145; 323pp.; Internet Only

Publication

Publication table of contents

  • Preliminay pages
    • Title and verso title pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
      • Funding
      • Fieldwork
      • Questionnaire
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Snapshot
      • Tobacco
      • Alcohol
      • Illicit drugs
    • Summary
      • The 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey
      • Use and attitudes
        • Tobacco
        • Alcohol
        • Illicit drugs
        • Population groups
          • Sex and age
          • Other groups
        • Attitudes
      • Health and harm
        • Health
        • Harm
  • Body content
    1. Introduction
      • Background
      • The National Drug Strategy
      • About the 2010 survey
      • About this report
        • Contents
        • Structure
      • Alcohol risk
      • Licit drugs—illicit use
      • Presentation of estimates
        • Population estimates
        • Reliability of estimates
          • Sampling error
          • Non-sampling error
          • Statistical significance
      • Age-standardisation
    1. Overview
      • Drugs recently used
      • Drugs ever used
      • State and territory comparisons
        • Recent use
      • Age of initiation
        • Ever used
        • Average age of initiation, by age group
        • Average age of initiation over time
      • Availability of drugs
        • Opportunity to use drugs
        • Opportunity to use drugs, by age group
        • Acceptance of the offer or opportunity to use drugs
      • Concurrent (12-month) drug use
      • Summary of drug use patterns
    1. Tobacco
      • Key findings
      • Overall tobacco use
        • Current use and trends over time
        • Tobacco use, by sex
        • Tobacco use, by age and sex
        • Age comparisons over time
        • Smoking status, by social characteristics
      • State and territory comparisons
        • Current use and trends over time
        • State and territory comparisons, by sex
        • State and territory comparisons, by age
      • Tobacco and health
      • Tobacco smoking-related behaviours
        • Number of cigarettes smoked
        • Mean number of cigarettes smoked, by characteristics
        • Smoking during pregnancy
        • Unbranded loose tobacco
        • Counterfeit cigarettes
        • Type of tobacco smoked
        • Motivation to change smoking behaviour
          • Changes to smoking behaviour
          • Motivators for change to behaviour
        • Environmental tobacco smoke
        • Obtaining cigarettes
    1. Alcohol
      • Key findings
      • Overall alcohol use
        • Current use and trends over time
        • Alcohol use, by sex
        • Alcohol use, by age and sex
        • Age comparisons over time
      • Alcohol risk
        • Risk of alcohol-related harm over a lifetime
        • Risk of alcohol-related harm from a single drinking occasion
        • Lifetime and single occasion risk over time
        • Lifetime and single occasion risk
        • Alcohol risk status, by social characteristics
      • State and territory comparisons
        • Current use and trends over time
        • State and territory comparisons, by sex
        • State and territory comparisons, by alcohol risk
          • Lifetime risk
          • Single occasion risk
      • Alcohol and health and harm
        • Perceptions of the health effects of alcohol, by risk status
          • Alcohol-related health risk for males
          • Alcohol-related health risk for females
        • Victims of alcohol-related harm
          • Victims of alcohol-related incidents, by alcohol consumption status
          • Use of alcohol by victims
          • Relationship of perpetrator to victims of alcohol-related incidents
          • Injuries resulting from drug-related physical abuse
        • Alcohol use during pregnancy
        • Alcohol-induced memory lapse
        • Perpetrators of alcohol-related harm
      • Alcohol drinking-related behaviours
        • Drink preferences
        • Drink preferences, by age and sex
        • Changes in drink preferences
        • Reduction measures, by risk
          • Reasons for reduction, by risk
        • Usual source of supply
        • Usual place of use
    1. Illicit drugs overview
      • Key findings
      • Overall illicit drug use
        • Current use and trends over time
        • Illicit drug use, by age and sex
          • Ever used illicit drugs
          • Recent use of illicit drugs
        • Age and sex comparisons over time
        • Illicit drug use, by social characteristics
      • State and territory comparisons
        • Current use and trends over time
        • State and territory comparisons, by age and sex
      • Illicit drug use and health and harm
        • Victims of drug-related harm
      • Illicit drug taking behaviours
        • Activities while under the influence of illicit drugs
        • Source of supply of illicit drugs
        • Use by friends and acquaintances
    1. Cannabis
      • Key findings
      • Overall cannabis use
        • Current use and trends over time
        • Cannabis use, by sex
        • Cannabis use, by age and sex
        • Cannabis use, by social characteristics
      • State and territory comparisons
        • Current use and trends over time
        • State and territory comparisons, by age and sex
      • Cannabis and health
      • Cannabis use-related behaviour
        • Frequency of use
        • Other drugs used with cannabis
        • What form of cannabis was used?
        • Source of supply
        • Usual place of use
        • Use by friends and acquaintances
    1. Ecstasy
      • Key findings
      • Overall ecstasy use
        • Current use and trends over time
          • Ever used ecstasy
          • Recent use of ecstasy
        • Ecstasy use, by sex and age
        • Ecstasy use, by social characteristics
      • State and territory comparisons
        • State and territory comparisons by age and sex
      • Ecstasy use and health
      • Ecstasy use-related behaviour
        • Frequency of ecstasy use
        • Source of supply of ecstasy
        • Usual place of ecstasy use
    1. Meth/amphetamines
      • Key findings
      • Overall meth/amphetamines use
        • Current use and trends over time
        • Use, by age and sex
        • Meth/amphetamines use, social characteristics
      • State and territory comparisons
        • State and territory comparisons, by age and sex
      • Meth/amphetamines use and health
      • Meth/amphetamines use-related behaviour
        • Frequency of meth/amphetamines use
        • Form and quantity of meth/amphetamines used
        • Source of supply of meth/amphetamines
        • Usual place of meth/amphetamines use
    1. Cocaine
      • Key findings
      • Overall cocaine use
        • Current use and trends over time
        • Use, by age and sex
        • Cocaine use, by social characteristics
      • State and territory comparisons
      • Cocaine use and health
      • Cocaine use-related behaviours
        • Frequency of cocaine use
        • Usual source of cocaine
    1. Pharmaceuticals
      • Key findings
      • Overall pharmaceutical use
        • Current use and trends over time
        • Use of pharmaceuticals, by age and sex
        • Type of pharmaceuticals used recently
      • Pharmaceutical use-related behaviours
        • Frequency of pharmaceutical use
    1. Other illicit drugs
      • Key findings
      • Overall use of other illicit drugs
        • Current use and trends over time
        • Use of other illicit drugs
        • Other illicit drug use, by sex
        • Other illicit drug use, by age
      • Other illicit drug use-related behaviours
        • Frequency of use
        • Usual source of needles and syringes
    1. Attitudes and perceptions
      • Key findings
      • Perception of drugs that cause a drug problem
      • Perceptions and attitudes towards drug use over time
      • Attitudes and perceptions in 2010
        • Approval of regular adult drug use
          • Recent users
        • Drug use that is most concerning for the general community
        • Drugs perceived to be associated with mortality
        • Social characteristics and perceptions and attitudes towards drugs
      • Factors influencing use of illicit drugs
        • Ease of obtaining illicit drugs
        • Factors influencing first use or the decision not to use
    1. Support for policy
      • Key findings
        • Support for measures to reduce problems associated with tobacco
          • Comparisons over time
          • State and territory comparisons
          • Tobacco use status comparisons
        • Support for measures to reduce problems associated with alcohol
          • Comparisons over time
          • State and territory comparisons
          • Alcohol use status comparisons
        • Support for cannabis use in medical settings
          • Comparisons over time
          • State and territory comparisons
        • Support for the possession of cannabis being a criminal offence
        • Support for measures to reduce problems associated with heroin
          • Comparisons over time
          • State and territory comparisons
          • Heroin use status comparisons
      • Community support for drug policy for illicit drugs
        • Support for legalisation of illicit drugs
          • Comparisons over time
          • Age and sex comparisons
        • Support for increased penalties for the sale or supply of illicit drugs
          • Comparisons over time
          • Age and sex comparisons
          • Actions for those found in possession of illicit drugs
      • Hypothetical distribution of a drugs budget
    1. Explanatory notes
      • Scope
      • Methodology
        • Survey methodology
        • Sample design
        • Coding
        • Scanning and editing
      • Estimation procedures
        • Sample distribution
        • Weighting
      • Sample representativeness
      • Response rates and contact rates
        • Non-response rates and non-response bias
      • Statistical concepts used in this report
        • Reliability of estimates
          • Standard error
          • Relative standard error
          • Sampling error
          • Non-sampling error
          • Counter balancing
        • Age-standardisation
          • Direct age-standardisation
        • Population estimates
      • Limitations, assumptions and implications
        • Data about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
          • Sample design and scope
          • Comparability with other data sources
          • Future surveys
      • Comparability with previous surveys
        • Methodology
          • Sample
          • Questionnaire
  • End matter
    • Appendix 1: Additional tables
    • Appendix 2: Additional age group categories
    • Appendix 3: Direct age-standardised percentages
    • Appendix 4: Definition of characteristics variables
    • Appendix 5: Sample/demographic characteristics
    • Appendix 6: Population estimates
    • Appendix 7: Membership of the Technical Advisory Group
    • Appendix 8: Access to the confidentialised unit record file (CURF)
    • Appendix 9: Questionnaire description
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • The questionnaire (758KB PDF)

Notes and corrections

The current version of the publication is presented above.
Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. (23 January 2012) Corrections to the 27 July 2011 edition follow:
    • Table 2.10 (103KB PDF)was updated to indicate where data have high relative standard errors.
    • Updated data in Table 3.10 (47KB PDF) Smoking behaviours during pregnancy, by age, 2010 (per cent) and corresponding text on page 38, dot points 1 and 2.
    • Corrected the reference to appendix tables on page 50, paragraph 2.
    • Updated data in Figure 4.2 (44KB PDF): Lifetime and single occasion risk, people aged 14 years or older, by 2009 NHMRC guidelines, 2001 to 2010 (per cent).
    • Updated data in Table 4.11 (120KB PDF): Self-assessed health status, health conditions, psychological distress and body mass index, people aged 18 years or older, by risk of alcohol harm, 2010 (per cent).
    • Updated text on page 70, dot point 1.
    • Updated data in Figure 4.4 (51 KB PDF): Victims of alcohol-related incidents in previous 12 months, people aged 14 years or older, by drinking status, 2010.
    • Updated data in Table 4.19 (177KB PDF): Pregnant women who drank more, less or the same amount of alcohol compared with when they were neither pregnant nor breastfeeding, 2007 and 2010 (per cent) and corresponding text on page 73.
    • Incorrect table caption on page 98, Table 5.9 (93KB PDF): Victims of illicit drug-related incidents in the previous 12 months, people aged 12 years or older, by age, 2010.
    • Incorrect table caption on page 104, Table 6.3 (39KB PDF): Cannabis use, people aged 14 years or older, by sex, 2010 (per cent).
    • Updated data Table 12.2 (191KB PDF): Approval of regular drug use, drug thought to be of most serious concern and drugs thought to cause most deaths, people aged 14 years or older, 2007 to 2010 (per cent) and corresponding text on page 157, dot point 4.
    • Previous version: 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report (7.8MB PDF)
  1. (19 Aug 2013) Table 2.6 amended for alcohol in 1995.
    Previous version - 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report (14MB PDF)
  2. (5 Nov 2013) Supplementary table added - Proportion of adult daily smokers by jurisdiction, 1998 to 2010.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report. Drug statistics series no. 25. Cat. no. PHE 145. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 23 October 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=32212254712>.