Are Australian men or women with an alcohol disorder more likely to have other physical or mental health disorders?

Among those with an alcohol disorder, men are more likely than women to have a comorbidity involving a mental health disorder or a physical condition. Men are also more likely than women to have an alcohol disorder alone. By contrast, women are more likely than men to have a comorbidity involving an additional mental health disorder and a physical condition. 

23% of Australian females have an alcohol disorder only, compared to 31% of males. 22% of females have a comorbid mental disorder, compared to 23% of males. 11% of females have a comorbid physical condition, compared to 18% of males. 45% of females have a comorbid mental disorder and physical condition, compared to 28% of males.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NCETA secondary analysis, 2013).

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

Comorbidity: Having more than one disorder at the same time is known as comorbidity. Alcohol comorbidity is defined as being diagnosed with an alcohol-related mental health disorder in addition to another mental health disorder or physical condition.