What proportion of alcohol and drug treatment episodes in Australia are alcohol-related?

In 2016-17, alcohol was the principal drug of concern in 32% of all alcohol and other drug treatment episodes in Australia. Treatment was sought more often for alcohol than for any other drug.

In Australia in 2016-17, alcohol accounted for 32% of all alcohol and other drug treatment episodes; heroin accounted for 5%; cannabis accounted for 22%; amphetamines accounted for 26%; and other drugs accounted for 15%.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2016-17.

Principal Drug of Concern: The main substance that leads an individual to seek treatment from an alcohol and drug treatment agency (as stated by the individual).

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.