Ruth Griffin Representative of Australian Institute of health and welfare shares the findings from a recent study.
From the recent report it is evident that Australians attitudes and perceptions relating to alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use is making a change.
The latest report looked at 2400 Australians aged 14 and up and surveyed their alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use. The findings showed fewer teenagers are drinking alcohol which is a progressive change.
“Fewer teenagers are drinking alcohol which is a plus. 28 per cent were drinking in 2013 and its gone down now to 18 per cent,” Ruth Griffin Said.
It also showed that the younger generation are experimenting with alcohol and tobacco at an older age. In 2001, 14 was the average age and now it is 16. It is clear that the latest research on the negative and harmful effects that alcohol and tobacco are causing are deterring the populations and especially the younger generation.
“Research and exposure to the harmful effects and how they contribute to your life later on is now being educated,” She said.
Ms. Griffin believes although the percentage of Australians drinking is fewer. she Is sure the general population are never going to stop, but they will be drinking more responsible and being aware of the harmful effects they can cause.
“It is part of Australian life, but I think we will advance in our knowledge on how to consume alcohol more responsibility” she said.
The report shows the changes in illicit drug use.
It is shown that the number of people using the illicit drug ‘ice’ has risen, 22 per cent in 2010 to now 57 per cent in 2016.
It is evident that from this report conducted by the Australian Institute of health and welfare that there have been dramatic changes, and the Government are going to continue to implant polices to proceed to improve Australia wide.