Do the types of additional mental health disorders experienced by Australians with an alcohol disorder differ by gender?

Alcohol comorbidities involving at least one additional mental health disorder are typically more prevalent among Australian women than men. 

17% of Australian males with an alcohol plus a mental health disorder have an anxiety disorder, compared to 33% of females. 2%** of Australian males with an alcohol plus a mental health disorder have an affective disorder, compared to 5%* of females. 3%* of Australian males with an alcohol plus a mental health disorder have another drug use disorder, compared to 5%** of females. 14%* of Australian males with an alcohol plus a mental health disorder have an anxiety and an affective disorder, compared to 15% of females. 15% of Australian males with an alcohol plus a mental health disorder have an anxiety or affective plus another drug disorder, compared to 9%* of females. 49% of Australian males with an alcohol disorder have no other mental disorders, compared to 34% of females. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution. ** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

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

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

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

Affective Mood Disorders: Disorders that involve mood disturbance. Examples include bipolar affective disorder, depressive episode, and dysthymia.

Anxiety Disorders: Disorders that involve feelings of tension, distress, or nervousness. In the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NSMHW) (2007) the following anxiety disorders were collected: Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Agoraphobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

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.