The National Drug Strategy Household survey (NDSHS) collects information on alcohol and tobacco consumption, and illicit drug use among the general population in Australia. It also surveys people's attitudes and perceptions relating to tobacco, alcohol and other drug use.

The survey has been conducted every 2 to 3 years since 1985.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has been collating and reporting on these surveys since 1998.

See the latest NDSHS for 2022–2023


The AIHW runs the NDSHS for the Department of Health and Aged Care. The AIHW is an independent statutory Australian Government agency producing authoritative and accessible information and statistics to inform and support better policy and service delivery decisions, leading to better health and wellbeing for all Australians.

The NDSHS is part of Australia’s National Drug Strategy 2016–2027, which aims to reduce and prevent the harms of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Findings from the survey are used by a range of stakeholders, including researchers and policymakers to help estimate prevalence and better understand the issues surrounding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Next: See the latest NDSHS for 2022–2023