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2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey first results

The 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey first results presents summary data collected by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's national survey of drug use and related issues. This report is the 20th in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's Drug Statistics Series. Comparisons with previous surveys are presented, along with population estimates of the numbers of consumers of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs. Key results on drug-related awareness, knowledge and behaviour are features of this report however it is future reports in the series that will cover extended analysis of the 2007 results.

While the report documents more generally Australians aged 14 years or older there are some key findings made relevant to youth including age related smoking status (pp. 14-16); alcohol use by age (pp. 19-24); use of illicit drugs by age (pp. 26-38); victims of drug-related harm by age (p. 46) and injury sustained from alcohol or drug-related abuse by age (p. 48).

Selected findings:

Of all smokers, only those aged 14-19 had a higher proportion of females to males who smoked daily (8.7% to 6.0%), and of the 16-17 year old group females were almost twice as likely to smoke daily (7.4% to 4.1%) (p. 16).

In the age group 12-15 years, higher proportions of females than males consumed alcohol daily and weekly (p. 21).

There was a decrease in the number of 14-19 year olds who had used illicit drugs in the past twelve months from 20.9% in 2004 to 15.6% in 2007 for males and 21.8% to 17.7% for females (p. 26)

Source:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008) 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: first results. Canberra: AIHW.
http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/phe/ndshs07-fr/ndshs07-fr-no-questionnaire.20080429.pdf
Viewed 4th October 2008.