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2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey
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Alcohol and drug use in Australia


2016 National Drug Household survey  [external website]
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare

The National Drug Household survey gives statistics about alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use in Australia. More than 26,000 people aged 12 years or older participated in the survey, in which they were asked about their knowledge of and attitudes towards drugs, their drug consumption histories, and related behaviours.

Publicly available

National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase - [external website]
National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)

This website draws on the highest quality Australian data to provide accurate and easy-to-understand information about alcohol and other drugs. A series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) is used to present data in an easily understood manner. 

Publicly available

Illicit Drug Data Report 2014-2015 - [external website]
Australian Crime Commission

The report provides a snapshot of the Australian illicit drug market.

Also available to download in PDF

Publicly available

Annual Alcohol Poll: Attitudes and Behaviours, 2017 - [external website]
Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s (FARE)

The report assesses Australians’ attitudes towards alcohol, alcohol consumption trends, awareness of the risks associated with alcohol use and perspectives on various alcohol policies.

Publicly available

Apparent consumption of alcohol, Australia, 2013-2014 - [external website]
Australian Bureau of Statistics

This publication provides estimates of apparent consumption of alcohol based on the availability of alcoholic beverages in Australia.

Publicly available

Drug-related hospital stays, 1993-2014 - [external website]
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Publicly available

National Health Survey 2014-2015 - [external website]
Australian Bureau of Statistics


Publicly available

Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011 - [PDF]
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare

Provides an overview of the prevalence of substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as the use of services for substance abuse. The report focusses on tobacco smoking, alcohol use and illicit substance use.


2009 Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks

Guideline 1: For healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury.

Guideline 2: For healthy men and women, drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol related injury arising from that occasion.

Guideline 3: 3A Parents and carers should be advised that children under 15 years of age are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking and that for this age group, not drinking alcohol is especially important. 3B For young people aged 15–17 years the safest option is to delay the initiation of drinking for as long as possible.

Guideline 4: 4A For women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, not drinking is the safest option. 4B For women who are
breastfeeding, not drinking is the safest option.

Source: National Health and Medical Research Council



Health stats

Health statistics on alcohol and its harms: A snapshot

Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health
April 2014



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