Does the proportion of Australians who meet the diagnostic criteria for a lifetime cannabis mental health disorder differ by gender?
73% of Australians who meet the diagnostic criteria for lifetime cannabis dependence are men and 27% are women. 70% of Australians who meet the diagnostic criteria for lifetime cannabis abuse are men and 30% are women.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NCETA secondary analysis, 2014).
Abuse: A maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress.
Dependence: A maladaptive pattern of use in which the use of drugs or alcohol takes on a much higher priority for a person than other behaviours that once had greater value. The central characteristic is the strong, sometimes overpowering, desire to take the substance despite significant substance-related problems.