It is important to remember that these numbers reference individuals and their experiences.
Mindframe acknowledges the individuals, families, carers, colleagues and communities impacted by alcohol and other drug use in Australia.
Data and statistics provide the public with context and understanding of the impacts alcohol and other drugs have on the community, families and individuals.
In Australia, data on alcohol and other drug trends are collected from several agencies and organisations:
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
- Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)
- Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC)
- National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)
Each of the data sources provide a part of the story of trends relating to alcohol and other drugs in Australia. Data sources include a range of methodologies such as:
- General population surveys (e.g. the National Drug Strategy Household Survey)
- Surveys of sentinel populations (surveying smaller, more specific populations, e.g. the Illicit Drug Reporting System, the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program and the National Needle Syringe Program)
- Population consumption data (e.g. the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program and Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia)
- Administrative data (e.g. Criminal Courts data)