Using stats from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey of 2016, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) made a thorough analysis of drug use in the country.
The information was collected from some 24,000 people across Australia, revealing insight on who uses drugs, what is consumed and how often.
According to the study, people who identified themselves as homosexual or bisexual are six times more likely to use ecstasy or meth/amphetamines than heterosexuals.
Straight people on the other hand, are three times more likely to use cannabis.
Matthew James, spokesman for the AIHW said,
“Homosexual and bisexual people were almost six times as likely as heterosexual people to use each of these drugs, and were also about four times as likely to use cocaine as heterosexual people and three times more likely to use cannabis or misuse pharmaceutical drugs,”
Interestingly, figures also pointed out a relation between drug use and employment status.
“People who were unemployed were about three times as likely to have recently used meth/amphetamines as employed people, and about two times as likely to use cannabis or smoke tobacco daily,”
“On the other hand, employed people were more likely to use cocaine than those who were unemployed.” Mr James said.
For participants in the survey, in the previous 12 months, the most common illegal drugs used at least once were Cannabis, Cocaine, Ecstasy and meth/amphetamines.
Not surprisingly, the report also revealed that tobacco causes more illness and premature death than any other drug.
Similarly, alcohol-related admissions in hospitals higher than those related to illicit drugs.
In 2011, there were 18,762 tobacco-related deaths, 6570 deaths related to alcohol and 1926 deceased due to illegal drug consumption.
Other interesting tidbits from the report:
– One-in-eight people smoke daily and 6 out of 10 have never smoked.
– 80 per cent of people consumed at least one glass of alcohol in the past 12 months.
– One-in-eight people had used at least one illegal substance in the past 12 months.
– 1 in 20 people had misused a legal pharmaceutical drug.
The data also suggests a decrease in smoking rates among people in the lower socioeconomic areas, and lower levels drink-driving.
“Our report also shows that more Australians are in favour of the use of cannabis in clinical trials to treat medical conditions – 87 per cent now support its use, up from 75 per cent in 2013,”
Adding, “We also found that 85 per cent of people now support legislative changes to permit its use for medical purposes in general, up from 69 per cent in 2013.”