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

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia

The non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs is an ongoing concern internationally

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

Smoking and drinking rates are down among gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of people who had ever used e-cigarettes rose from 8.8% to 11.3%.

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

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