Jun 01


Australians under 30 are drinking, smoking and using illicit drugs far less than pervious generations, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare research shows. The latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey results, have found tobacco, alcohol and drug use by younger people has declined between 2001 and 2016.

But there has been in some instances little change, and even an increase in usage by people in their 40s, 50s and 60s. Although the survey found there was a significant increase in the number of people aged in their mid-to-late 20s who had never smoked, it did find no improvement in smoking rates for people in their 40s, which was the most likely group to smoke daily (16.9 per cent).

The report also stated that as with smoking, a smaller proportion of teenagers are drinking alcohol, down from 28 per cent in 2013 to 18 per cent (in) 2016,” a AIHW spokesman said.

Traditionally, women aged 18 to 24 are more likely to consume more than two standard drinks a day. Within this age group risky drinking was reduced by 7.2 per cent between 2007 and 2016. Lifetime risky drinking by women aged in their 50s increased by nearly 2 per cent over the same time period and a similar pattern was identified in men.

Source: Vickery, K & Armstrong, C, 2017. TEENS TURNED OFF PARTY LIFESTYLE. The Courier Mail, 1 June 2017. 14.