AOD Use in Australia

Snapshot of Alcohol, Tobacco and other drug use in Australia 

The following graphs have been developed using National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) data for the period 2001 - 2007. 

Figure 1 examines trends in the recent use of substances by Australians aged 14 years and over. 'Recent' use is defined as use that has occurred in the 12 months prior to the survey. The numbers of people who reported alcohol use, or no alcohol, tobacco or other drug use in the previous year remained relatively stable between 2004 and 2007, and there were statistically significant reductions in tobacco, cannabis and any illicit drug use in that period. 

Figure 1 Recent substance use trend data, Australians aged 14 years and over

Figure 2 illustrates the lifetime use of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and any illicit drug by Australians aged 14 years and over, and those that report no use of these substances in their lifetime. 'Lifetime' use refers to use that has occurred at least once at some point in a person's lifetime. There were statistically significant reductions in the lifetime use of both tobacco and alcohol between 2004 and 2007; the other categories remained relatively stable.

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Figure 2 Lifetime use of substances, Australians aged 14 years and over

Figure 3 represents trends in the recent use (use that has occurred in the twelve months prior to survey) of a range of substances between 2001 and 2007. The data show that there were statistically significant reductions in the use of cannabis, pain-killers/analgesics for non-medical purposes and meth/amphetamine between 2004 and 2007. There were statistically significant increases in the use of tranquilisers/sleeping pills for non medical purposes and cocaine in the same period.

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Figure 3 Recent use of substances, Australians aged 14 years and over

(a) Use for non-medical purposes
(b) Used for non-maintenance purposes
(c) This category did not include buprenorphine before 2007
(d) This category included substances known as ‘designer drugs' before 2004

Figure 4 illustrates trends in the lifetime use of a range of substances between 2001 and 2007. There were statistically significant reductions in the lifetime use of pain-killers/analgesics for non-medical purposes, other opiates/opioids, hallucinogens and meth/amphetamine between 2004 and 2007. There were statistically significant increases in the lifetime use of tranquilisers/sleeping pills for non-medical purposes, inhalants, cocaine and ecstasy in the same period.

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 Figure 4 Lifetime use of substances, Australians aged 14 years and over

(a) Use for non-medical purposes
(b) Used for non-maintenance purposes
(c) This category did not include buprenorphine before 2007
(d) This category included substances known as ‘designer drugs' before 2004

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2008. 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: first results. Drug Statistics Series number 20.Cat. no. PHE 98. Canberra: AIHW [website] 

Other Resources

National Drug Strategy Household Survey

The National Drug Strategy Household Survey is conducted every three years by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The survey has a sample of approximately 25,000 Australians and provides the best population level prevalence data regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. The survey reports can be found at: www.aihw.gov.au

Australian School Students Alcohol and Drug Survey

The Australian School Students Alcohol and Drug Survey is conducted every three years to ascertain the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use amongst school students aged 12 - 17 years. Refer to individual jurisdictions for relevant results.

Illicit Drug Reporting System and Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System

The IDRS and EDRS are managed by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. These data collections monitor the price, purity, availability and patterns of use of illicit drugs.

http://www.med.unsw.edu.au/NDARCWeb.nsf/page/Drug%20Trends

National Alcohol Indicators Project

The National Alcohol Indicators Project is managed by the National Drug Research Institute and provides data on trends in alcohol-related harm.

http://ndri.curtin.edu.au/research/naip.cfm

Statistics on Drug use in Australia 2006

This report was produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and summarises a broad range of drug-related statistics. The report is available at:

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10393

Australian Bureau of Statistics

The ABS produces a number of statistical reports relevant to the AOD area.

www.abs.gov.au