The impact of drugs and alcohol on Australian communities has been well documented. While research points to promising trends in the reduction of drug and alcohol misuse in Australia, particularly among young people, alcohol misuse continues to impact our families. Consumption of alcohol at risky levels remains high among young people, according to the latest report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Drugs and alcohol in Australia

Key findings from the AIHW’s ‘Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Australia’

Other key findings for young people:

  • The age of initiation increased between 1995 to 2016 for tobacco smoking (from 14.2 to 16.3) and alcohol consumption (from 14.8 to 16.1).
  • Among smokers aged 18–24, the average number of cigarettes smoked per week declined from 84 in 2013 to 68 in 2016. 
  • In 2016, 42% of young adults aged 18–24 exceeded the single occasion risk guidelines by consuming on average more than four standard drinks on one occasion.

Empowering the next generation

The following modules are designed to empower young people with skills and knowledge they need to make safer decisions involving drugs and alcohol.

  • Think Twice

    Empowering year 5 and 6 students to make educated decisions around alcohol consumption

  • Decisions

    Helping senior primary school students navigate the world of legal and illegal drugs

  • On the case

    Helping senior primary school students navigate the world of legal and illegal drugs

  • Face the facts

    Drug education for secondary students impacts decision making, attitudes, and empowers young people