Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Did you know that about 5% of young people aged 18–24 years are considered to have a cannabis abuse disorder? And 4% are considered to have a stimulant abuse disorder? (Commonwealth of Australia, 2011)
Alcohol and drug use and miss-use effects many facets of our society.
The effects are both personal as a major contributor to mental and physical health issues and social including alcohol and drug and related violence and crime.
- Male and female teenagers aged 15–19 years have the highest hospitalisation rates for acute intoxication from alcohol among all age groups (Commonwealth of Australia, 2009)
- The cost to the Australian society of alcohol, tobacco and other drug misuse is estimated to be over $50 billion dollars annually (Commonwealth of Australia, 2011)
If alcohol and drug misuse concerns you, go cast your vote for it to be the 'Matter of Public Importance' to be debated in Parliamentary Chambers across Australia throughout 2015!
Be the change you want to see.
The National Drug Strategy outlines a framework for a coordinated national policy for addressing the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs outlining three pillars related to minimising demand, minimising supply and minimising harm.