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.

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Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable health burden in Australia

Over the past 50 years, levels of apparent consumption of different alcoholic beverages changed substantially

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia

Daily tobacco smoking rate dropped from 11.0% to 8.3% between 2019 and 2022–‍2023

Use of electronic cigarettes and vapes nearly tripled between 2019 (2.5%) and 2022–‍2023 (7.0%)

Around 1 in 3 people (31%) in Australia drank alcohol in ways that put their health at risk in 2022–‍2023

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