Myths about alcohol and other drugs
There are a number of myths that go around about alcohol and other drugs. Before we form our own opinions, it's important to look at the facts. By setting the record straight, we can all be better prepared to avoid the risks associated with alcohol and other drugs.
Myth no. 1. "Dope is much stronger than it used to be"
There have been media reports of cannabis being up to 30 times stronger today than during the 1970s. However, according to the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre's fact sheet 'Cannabis potency', cannabis may only be a little stronger than it was in the 1970s.
Myth no. 2. "Young people are the ones who have a problem with alcohol"
In fact, 'risky' drinkers can be found across all age groups. According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2013, young people aged 14–19 are the group most likely to abstain from drinking, with 47.3% choosing not to drink, compared with just over 14% for the 20–29 age, 30–39 and 40–49 age groups.
Myth no. 3. "Alcohol and tobacco are 'soft drugs'"
Alcohol and tobacco are connected with greater harms to Australians than all other illicit substances combined.
Myth no. 4. "Teenagers are drinking and taking drugs now more than ever."
While there may be a perception that young people are using alcohol and drugs more frequently than in the past, this is not actually the case.
Read more myths about alcohol and other drugs:
Collins DJ & Lapsley HM 2008 The Costs of Tobacco, Alcohol and Illicit Drug Abuse to Australian Society in 2004/05 [PDF: 500KB](new window), Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
Last updated: 20 June 2016