Are younger or older Australians more likely to receive treatment for alcohol use?

Australians aged 30-39 and 40-49 are the age groups most likely to receive treatment for alcohol use, with each accounting for 26% of all alcohol-related treatment episodes. Very old (60+ years) and very young (10-19 years) Australians are least likely to receive treatment for alcohol use.

In 2013-14, Australians aged 10-19 years accounted for 7% of all alcohol-related treatment episodes, 20-29 year olds accounted for 20%; 30-39 year olds accounted for 26%; 40-49 year olds accounted for 26%; 50-59 year olds accounted for 14%; and 60+ year olds accounted for 7%.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). (2015). Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2013-14.

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

Treatment Episode: A period of contact between a client and a treatment provider. Only ‘closed’ treatment episodes are included in the data used here. An episode is closed if there is a change in the principal drug of concern, main treatment, or service delivery setting; if the treatment ends; or if the patient is imprisoned or dies.