The illegal practice that Aussies just won’t stop – especially on a Friday night: ‘I like to live a hedonistic lifestyle’
- Cocaine use in Australia remains high
- It’s despite soaring cost of living
Working Australians have revealed why they have no plans to kick their expensive cocaine habit, even as the cost of living and housing affordability worsens.
Australians consume five and a half tonnes of the illegal drug each year and are the highest per capita users in the world.
Cocaine use in Australia is at record levels having doubled since 2010 and quadrupled since 2004, according to studies by the National Institute of Health.
The studies have also revealed employed Aussies were more likely to use the illegal drug.
The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission found an average of 910mg of cocaine is consumed every day by every one in 1,000 Sydneysiders, the highest amount in the country.
The ongoing price for a gram of cocaine is an estimated $350 after hitting a record $420 a gram during the party season last December.
‘I don’t even try to justify the cost anymore… I just do it because I enjoy it,’ one Sydney man told news.com.au.
‘I like to live a hedonistic lifestyle, and I’ll never be able to afford a house.
Another man added: ‘There’s no justification other than a good time and I think my mates have a f**k it mentality when it comes to buying bags.’
One woman admitted she’s stopped using cocaine because of the cost while another said she no longer buys the drug and instead ‘sponges’ off friends.
A National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre study in 2021 revealed an increase in cocaine availability, prevalence of use and hospitalisations in Australia while calling for a need to promote harm reduction strategies.
‘We have also observed increases in cocaine use among samples of people who regularly use ecstasy and other stimulants, with these individuals reporting that cocaine is more easy to access,’ the lead author said.
High doses of cocaine can make drug users feel extremely agitated, paranoid and aggressive, according to the Victorian Department of Health.
Other health effects include dizziness, hallucinations, nausea and vomiting, tremors and headaches and heart issues.
Long-term use can lead to depression, psychosis and cardiac problems.