The report highlights that health inequalities exist, with lower socioeconomic groups and more remote areas generally experiencing higher rates of disease burden due to alcohol and illicit drug use.
* Nearly 1 in every 20 deaths in 2011 were from alcohol and illicit drug use, equating to 6,660 deaths.* 6.7% of all disease burden in Australia was from alcohol and illicit drug use in 2011 (9% for males and 4% for females).* 4.6% of all disease burden in Australia was from alcohol use alone, of which one-third was due to alcohol dependence.* On its own, illicit drug use was responsible for 2.3% of Australia's disease burden.* 41% of the illicit drug use burden was from opioids, followed by amphetamines (18%), cocaine (8%) and cannabis (7%).* Alcohol use was responsible for around one-third of the burden of road traffic injuries. * The rate of burden from alcohol use fell slightly between 2003 and 2011 and further reductions are expected by 2020.* The rate of burden due to amphetamine use is projected to rise by 14% between 2011 and 2020.
Download report: Impact of alcohol and illicit drug use on the burden of disease and injury in Australia: Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011
Media release:1 in 20 Australian deaths caused by alcohol and illicit drugs.