Smoking rates fall as vaping triples, new data reveals

  • Marijuana/cannabis, remained stable at 11.5% 
  • Cocaine remained relatively stable at 4.5% 
  • Hallucinogens, increased from 1.6% to 2.4% 
  • Ketamine, increased from 0.9% to 1.4% 
  • Ecstasy, decreased from 3.0% to 2.1% 
  • Non-medical use of pain-relievers and opioids, decreased from 2.7% to 2.2% 

Young people 
“Males have historically been more likely to use illicit drugs than females, however 2022–2023 was the first time since monitoring began that females aged 18–24 were as likely to use illicit drugs as males of the same age,” said Dr Phillips. 
In 2022–2023, more than 1 in 3 (35%) females aged 18–24 reported recent use of illicit drugs, up from around 1 in 4 (27%) in 2019. Recent use among young males remained stable at 35% in 2022–2023. 
Similarly, risky alcohol consumption increased among females, narrowing the gap between young males and females. Males aged 18–‍24 were much more likely to consume alcohol at risky levels (47%) than females of the same age (35%) in 2019. In 2022–2023, 45% of males consumed alcohol at risky levels compared to 40% of females, the smallest gap seen since 2001. 
Today’s report includes data about culturally and linguistically diverse people, First Nations people, LGBT people, pregnant and breastfeeding women, older people, people experiencing mental illness, and peoples’ socioeconomic position.

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