Alcohol is the most common principal drug of concern for people accessing treatment, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW’s) new report.
a) Almost two in five (37%) treatment episodes for people accessing support for themselves were for alcohol, followed by
b) amphetamines (24 %),
c) cannabis (19 %) and
d) heroin (4.6 %).
Between 2011–12 and 2020–21, alcohol was the most common principal drug of concern in treatment episodes provided to people for their drug use. This number has increased by 24 per cent, from approximately 67,000 episodes in 2011–12 to approximately 83,000 episodes in 2020–21