More drugs, less booze and darts: New data shows Australians are giving up the drink and cigarettes – but other figures are alarming
- Illicit drugs like cannabis, cocaine and psychedelics are on the rise in Australia
- Cannabis is Australia’s most popular controlled substance
- Alcohol is still the nation’s drug of choice but more people are giving it up
- The data was crunched from a survey of 22,000 Australians aged 14 and above
Australians are smoking less, taking more drugs and drinking about the same amount of alcohol as they were three years ago.
Residents of regional and remote towns smoke and drink more than people in big cities, new health data shows.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has surveyed more than 22,000 Australians aged 14 and over.
Alcohol remains Australia’s drug of choice (stock image of women having a drink at a bar)
Use of cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, hallucinogens and inhalants all climbed between 2016 and 2019.
Cannabis remains Australia’s most popular controlled substance, with more than one-in-three users getting high at least once a week.
Cocaine use is becoming more frequent, with about one-in-six users snorting lines at least once a month, up from about one-in-10 in 2016.
Richer Australians were more likely to use party drugs like cocaine or ecstasy, while poorer Australians used more opioids.
One-in-six Australians used drugs in the last 12 months.
The use of methamphetamines, like ice, remained stable over the three years.
Cannabis remains Australia’s most popular controlled substance, with more than one-in-three users getting high at least once a week (stock image of a girl smoking cannabis)
Younger Australians were avoiding cigarettes more, but old habits died hard for people over 40.
Rollies were also more popular than tailored cigarettes.
Alcohol remains Australia’s drug of choice and people continue to drink dangerous amounts.
But more Australians were giving up grog, with the percentage of people going dry rising from 7.6 per cent in 2016 to 8.9 per cent in 2019.
Younger Australians were avoiding cigarettes more, but old habits died hard for people over 40 (stock image of a young woman smoking a cigarette)