Key messages

  • The Victorian Government funds a range of research into alcohol and other drugs issues.
  • The programs provide data about attitudes, pattern of usage and alcohol and drug-related harm across Victoria.
  • AODstats provides the most up-to-date data about harms related to alcohol, illicit and pharmaceutical drug use in Victoria.

Research and data on alcohol and other drug use

The Victorian Government funds a range of research into alcohol and other drug issues. This research provides data about attitudes, pattern of usage and alcohol and drug-related harm across Victoria.

Sources of alcohol and other drug data

AODstats

AODstats is an interactive statistics and mapping webpage that provides information on the harms related to alcohol, illicit and pharmaceutical drug use in Victoria.

The information can be searched by local government area or for the state of Victoria. Data is obtained from multiple sources and is the most recent data available.

AODstats superseded the Victorian Alcohol Statistics Series and Victorian Drug Statistics handbooks in 2014. It is produced by Turning Point with funding provided by the Department of Health & Human Services.

The Victorian Alcohol Statistics and Drug Statistics handbooks present information about alcohol and other drug related harms and use across Victoria. The series use datasets on alcohol sales, hospital admissions, deaths, road accidents, crime, alcohol and other drug related ambulance attendances and calls to DirectLine.

The series was produced by Turning Point with funding provided by the department.

Substance use in Victorian secondary school students

The 2011 survey of students in government, Catholic and independent secondary schools in Victoria estimated the prevalence of licit and illicit substance use. It is part of a national study that was first conducted in 1984 and has been repeated at three-yearly intervals by the department.

The 2011 report gives the results of the tenth survey of secondary school students. It provides details of the patterns of use of a wide range of licit and illicit substances (alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, amphetamines, hallucinogens, cocaine opiates, ketamine, gamma-hydroxybutyrate, analgesics, sedatives, steroids and inhalants).

Students’ attitudes towards different substances and trends in both attitudes and use are also reported.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is funded by the Commonwealth Government to provide regular statistics on the health and wellbeing of the Australian population.

The AIHW publishes data from the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS-NMDS) on client profiles, drug treatment agencies, trends in drug use and treatment.

Trends in alcohol and drug treatment services are summarised in the annual Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia report. National trends are analysed and compared to data provided by State government services.

Additionally, the AIHW publishes reports on:

  • national opioid pharmacotherapy statistics
  • the national drug strategy household survey
  • alcohol and other drug treatment and diversion from the Australian criminal justice system.