Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Tobacco and alcohol are the drugs that cause the most harm in Australian society. Together, they account for 92% of Australian drug-related deaths, 84% of the drug-related burden of disease and injury, and 83% of the drug-related social costs.
If you are seeking help for an alcohol or other drug problem please see Alcohol and Other Drug Services
For information about alcohol and other drug treatment see the ACT Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Services Online Directory directory.atoda.org.au/
For more information about the alcohol and other drug sector visit the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT
Key trends nationally and locally in relation to alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm
This paper has been prepared by ACT Health to provide an overview of trends nationally and locally in relation to alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm.
About the ACT Drug Strategy
The ACT Drug Strategy focuses on the drugs associated with the greatest harms and responds with measures understood to be the most effective.
To respond even more effectively to drug use and related harms, a broad approach is required – one that includes liquor licensing and road safety reform, drug education with both drug prevention and harm reduction approaches, and more accessible drug treatment.
Issues such as drug use can impact upon some population groups differently. Where appropriate, this Strategy identifies priority population groups for special consideration in the implementation of the Strategy Action Plan.
- ACT Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Strategy 2010-2014.pdf
- ACT Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug SUMMARY 2010-2014.pdf
If you're unable to download this Strategy or you would like to request a hard copy, please contact the Health Directorate's Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Unit via AODPolicy@act.gov.au
This document details the governance arrangements for the ACT Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Strategy 2010-2014.
ACT Comorbidity Strategy 2012-2014
The purpose of this Strategy is to clarify directions and priorities for those working with people at risk of, or experiencing both mental health problems and alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) problems, that is, people experiencing comorbidity.
Review of the Need to Expand Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services in the ACT
- Report on Review of the Need to Expand D&A Rehabilitation Services in the ACT (August 2012).pdf
- ACT Health Directorate Response to the Review (August 2012).pdf
In 2011, the ACT Government undertook to complete a review of the need to expand drug and alcohol rehabilitation services. The Review of the Need to Expand Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services in the ACT, 2012 makes an important contribution to the ongoing work of maintaining and improving the quality of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Support Services in the ACT.
The Review examines a range of evidence, including:
- evidence on the need for drug rehabilitation services in the ACT;
- international and local evidence of what contributes to good outcomes from drug rehabilitation services;
- consumer input on drug rehabilitation services in the ACT; and
- data on current drug rehabilitation service provision and usage patterns.
The Review finds that there is a high level of cooperation and communication between Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Support Services in the ACT and that planning is well underway towards a number of services extending their criteria for access to their services to allow greater flexibility in program delivery.
Nonetheless, the Review finds that there are service gaps, including gaps in access to non-residential rehabilitation programs, and gaps in access to rehabilitation programs for those who are on Opioid Maintenance Therapy and for those with special needs.
The Review makes nine key recommendations, including strengthening and improving:
- access to a range of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Support Services;
- access to primary care for those with alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems;
- consumer, carer and family member participation in service planning;
- the delivery of culturally competent and secure services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems; and
- intake, transition, and aftercare support for those entering and leaving Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Support Services.
For further information email the AOD Policy unit: AODPolicy@act.gov.au