Ecstasy use in Australia, a world high

The world’s first comprehensive report on global addictions has revealed that Australia is one of the top users of ecstasy and cocaine.

Australia is the leading user of ecstasy, with 3% of the population taking the drug at least once per year, compared with 1% of Brits and Americans. The world leader in cocaine use is Scotland, where 2.4% of the population uses it each year, but Australia is not far behind, with 2.1% of the population dabbling in cocaine at least once per year.

On the other hand, Australians have relatively low rates of alcohol disorders and smoking-related deaths compared with the rest of the world.

The annual prevalence of alcohol disorders in Australia is 3.7%, compared with a global average of 4.5%. The annual proportion of deaths due to tobacco in Australia is 14%, compared with 20% in the UK and 23% in the US.

Alice Klein

Scroll over the interactive graph below to see the rates of drug use as percentage of population aged 16-64.

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