Study shows older generations drinking, taking more drugs than teens

Startling new figures from a National Drug Strategy Household Survey reveal mums and dads are drinking and taking illicit drugs more than ever before.

The figures from the most comprehensive survey of its type show teenagers are leaning towards teetotalism.

Drug abuse has jumped since 2001 by more than a third among people in their 40s and the largest rise in illicit drug use has been among people in their 50s, with the rate almost doubling.


For both these age groups, it’s understood the spike in drug use is driven by cannabis and pharmaceuticals.

Binge drinking is also on the up for Baby Boomers, with women in their 50s more likely to drink dangerously than girls aged between 18 to 24.

The report showed there’s been a 10 per cent jump in teenagers who don’t drink at all.

Young people are abstaining from alcohol longer, with the age of the first sip of alcohol is taken increasing from 14.7 in 2001 to 16.1 in 2016.