Australian Institute of Health and Welfare web report: Alcohol, tobacco & other drugs in Australia
May 13, 2022
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recently released a report titled “Alcohol, tobacco & other drugs in Australia”. The report consolidates information on the availability and consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Australia, and related impacts, harms and treatment. Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use remains a major cause of preventable disease, illness and death in Australia.
There’s loads of information with some of the current insights including benzodiazepines continue to be the largest contributor to drug-induced deaths in Australia (3.2 per 100,000 in 2020), the average age of clients who received opioid pharmacotherapy treatment has increased from 38 years in 2011 to 44 in 2021, while 1 in 10 adults were current daily smokers (12.6% men, 8.8% women) in 2021 with continuing decline in daily smokers in the Australian population.