Are Australians with an alcohol disorder, compared to those without an alcohol disorder, more likely to have other mental health or physical disorders?

Of Australians who have an alcohol disorder, the majority (72%) are also likely to have at least one additional mental health disorder or physical condition (i.e., alcohol comorbidity). Among Australians without an alcohol disorder, only 16% suffer from comorbid health problems (i.e., have two or more mental health disorders and/or physical health conditions).

72% of Australians with an alcohol disorder also have at least one other comorbidity. 16% of Australians without an alcohol disorder have two or more comorbidities. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NCETA secondary analysis, 2013).

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

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.