Does the proportion of Australians who met the diagnostic criteria for a cannabis disorder in the past 12 months differ by gender?

Australian men are more likely than women to have met the diagnostic criteria for cannabis dependence and cannabis abuse in the past 12 months.

84% of Australians who met the diagnostic criteria for cannabis dependence in the past 12 months were men and 16% were women. 74% of Australians who met the diagnostic criteria for cannabis abuse use in the past 12 months were men and 26% were 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.