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 25-29 years were more likely to use cannabis every few months, and those aged 14-17 years were more likely to use once or twice per year.

Among Australians aged 14-17 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months 10%** used every day, 17%* used once per week or more, 10%* used about once per month, 13%* used every few months, and 50% used once or twice a year. Among Australians aged 18-24 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months 14% used every day, 23% used once per week or more, 16% used about once per month, 16% used every few months, and 32% used once or twice a year. Among Australians aged 25-29 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months 14% used every day, 18% used once per week or more, 8% used about once per month, 21% used every few months, and 38% used once or twice a year. Among Australians aged 30-39 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months 13% used every day, 22% used once per week or more, 10% used about once per month, 18% used every few months, and 37% used once or twice a year. Among Australians aged 40-49 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months 16% used every day, 22% used once per week or more, 14% used about once per month, 17% used every few months, and 31% used once or twice a year. Among Australians aged 50-59 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months 18% used every day, 27% used once per week or more, 13% used about once per month, 16% used every few months, and 26% used once or twice a year. Among Australians aged 60+ years who used cannabis in the past 12 months 17% used every day, 21% used once per week or more, 11%* used about once per month, 17% used every few months, and 35% used once or twice a year. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution. ** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2019).

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

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

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