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.

Latest findings

Counselling & assessment, support & case management, & withdrawal management remain the most common types of treatment Proportion of teenagers who have never smoked more than 100 cigarettes rose from 95% in 2013 to 98% in 2016 Most commonly used illegal drugs in the past 12 months were cannabis (10%), cocaine (2.5%), and ecstasy (2.2%) A total of 796 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies provided services to clients Proportion of teenagers abstaining from alcohol increased from 72% in 2013 to 82% in 2016 Most meth/amphetamine users are now using 'ice' as their main from, increasing from 22% in 2010 to 57% in 2016 The AOD client group is an ageing cohort, with a median age of 33 years in 2015–16, up from 31 years in 2006–07 The principal drugs that led clients to seek treatment were amphetamines, cannabis and heroin Alcohol was the top principal drug of concern that led clients to seek treatment across most states, except for SA & WA Daily smoking nearly halved from 24% in 1991 to 12.8% in 2013, but showed little change from 2013 to 2016 (12.2%) Around 1 in 7 clients (14%) were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people An estimated 133,895 clients received just over 206,000 treatment episodes from alcohol & other drug treatment agencies About 1 in 20 Australians had misused pharmaceuticals in 2016 (4.8%) and 3.6% had misused pain-killers/opiates Meth/amphetamine has overtaken excessive drinking of alcohol as the drug of most concern to Australians (40%)

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