Do younger or older Australians use cannabis more often?

Among Australians who used cannabis in the past 12 months, those aged 40 years or older were more likely than other age groups to use cannabis every day. Those aged 14-17 years were more likely to use cannabis every few months, and those aged 25-29 and 30-39 years were more likely to use once or twice per year.

11%* of Australians aged 14-17 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months used every day; 20% used once per week or more; 15%* used about once per month; 23% used every few months; and 31% used once or twice a year. 11% of Australians aged 18-24 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months used every day; 18% used once per week or more; 16% use about once per month; 20% used every few months; and 36% used once or twice a year. 11% of Australians aged 25-29 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months used every day; 15% used once per week or more; 12% use about once per month; 20% used every few months; and 41% used once or twice a year. 11% of Australians aged 30-39 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months used every day; 21% used once per week or more; 9% use about once per month; 19% used every few months; and 40% used once or twice a year. 17% of Australians aged 40+ years who used cannabis in the past 12 months used every day; 22% used once per week or more; 13% use about once per month; 14% used every few months; and 33% used once or twice a year. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2015).

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding.