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New drug statistics

Key findings from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) have been released.

The National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) collects information on alcohol and tobacco consumption, and illicit drug use among the general population in Australia. It also surveys people’s attitudes and perceptions relating to tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. The NDSHS has been conducted every 2 to 3 years since 1985. The 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey collected data from nearly 24,000 people across Australia. The survey was conducted from 18 June to 29 November 2016. 

Highlights from the 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.

Read more about the survey results on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) website.