Overview

The consumption of alcohol is widespread within Australia and entwined with many social and cultural activities. However, harmful levels of consumption are a major health issue, associated with increased risk of chronic disease, injury and premature death. 

The 2022 National Drug Strategy Household Survey is currently being conducted across Australia. You may be selected to participate. Find out more at www.aihw.gov.au/2022-ndshs

Featured reports

Latest findings

People with mental health conditions are more likely to use tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke has declined significantly

There is a strong link between problematic alcohol or other drug use and experiences of homelessness

Australians are increasingly supportive of cannabis use and most support pill-testing.

Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of ex-drinkers rose from 7.6% to 8.9%.

In 2019, 11.0% of Australians smoked tobacco daily, down from 12.2% in 2016 and 24% in 1991.

More reports and statistics on alcohol can be found under Alcohol & other drug treatment services, Illicit use of drugs and Smoking.