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.
More reports and statistics on alcohol can be found under Alcohol & other drug treatment services, Illicit use of drugs and Smoking.
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24 Sep 2021
16 Jul 2020
The non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs is an ongoing concern internationally
Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable health burden in Australia
There is a strong link between problematic alcohol or other drug use and experiences of homelessness
Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of ex-drinkers rose from 7.6% to 8.9%.
In 2019, 43% of Australians had illicitly used a drug in their life and 16.4% had used one in the last 12 months.
Smoking rates increase with socioeconomic disadvantage, but illicit drug use highest in the most advantaged areas.
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