This web-based release presents a summary of the national findings from the 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey. The 2016 NDSHS show that younger people (aged under 30) were smoking less, drinking less and using fewer illicit drugs in 2016 than in 2001. However, for people in their 40s, 50s and 60s, there was little to no change in drug usage behaviours over this period but their use of some drugs has increased between 2013 and 2016.

Note: Revisions for physical abuse estimates were updated April 2020.

  • Cat. no: WEB 180
Findings from this report:
  • Proportion of teenagers who have never smoked more than 100 cigarettes rose from 95% in 2013 to 98% in 2016

  • Proportion of teenagers abstaining from alcohol increased from 72% in 2013 to 82% in 2016

  • Most commonly used illegal drugs in the past 12 months were cannabis (10%), cocaine (2.5%), and ecstasy (2.2%)

  • Meth/amphetamine has overtaken excessive drinking of alcohol as the drug of most concern to Australians (40%)