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Highlights from the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS)

A more detailed report on the findings from the survey is National Drug Strategy Household Survey detailed report: 2013 | online report.


 
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Tobacco smoking

  • Daily smoking declined significantly between 2010 and 2013 (from 15.1% to 12.8%). Daily smoking rates have almost halved since 1991 (24.3%).
  • Younger people are delaying the take up of smoking—the age at which 14–24-year-olds smoked their first full cigarette increased from 14.2 in 1995 to 15.9 years in 2013.
  • Smokers reduced the average number of cigarettes smoked per week; from 111 cigarettes in 2010 to 96 in 2013.
 

 
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Alcohol use

  • Compared to 2010, fewer people in Australia drank alcohol in quantities that exceeded the lifetime risk and single occasion risk guidelines in 2013.
  • Fewer 12–17 year olds are drinking alcohol and the proportion abstaining from alcohol increased significantly between 2010 and 2013 (from 64% to 72%).
  • Almost 5 million people in Australia aged 14 or older (26%) reported being a victim of an alcohol-related incident in 2013 but the proportion declined from 29% in 2010.
 

 
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Illicit use of drugs

  • Declines were seen in use of some illegal drugs including ecstasy (from 3.0% to 2.5%), heroin (from 0.2% to 0.1%) and GHB (from 0.1% to less than 0.1%) in 2013 but the misuse of pharmaceuticals increased (from 4.2% in 2010 to 4.7% in 2013).
  • While there was no significant increase in meth/amphetamine use in 2013, there was a change in the main form of meth/amphetamine used. Use of powder decreased significantly from 51% to 29% while the use of ice (or crystal methamphetamine) more than doubled, from 22% in 2010 to 50% in 2013.
 

 

The survey

The NDSHS has been conducted every 2 to 3 years since 1985. The 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey collected data from nearly 24,000 people across Australia. The survey was conducted from 31 July to 1 December 2013. Roy Morgan Research was commissioned to conduct the survey fieldwork.

A more detailed report on the findings from the survey is National Drug Strategy Household Survey detailed report: 2013 | online report.