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.

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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Latest findings

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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