The latest national drugs survey shows alcohol consumption hitting new lows -- and dramatic falls in public support for measures to restrict alcohol consumption.

In what will be a bitter blow for anti-alcohol campaigners in the public health lobby, Australia's most authoritative health survey, the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, shows significant falls in alcohol consumption in the last three years, despite claims from lobby groups like the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education about an "alcohol epidemic" and a predatory alcohol industry destroying Australian lives.