Are male or female meth/amphetamine users in Australia more likely to use crystal methamphetamine (ice)?

Among Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, men are more likely than women to report that they have ever used crystal methamphetamine (ice), and that ice is the main form of meth/amphetamine that they use.

Among Australian men who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 73% report ever using crystal methamphetamine (ice), with 27% never having used crystal methamphetamine. Among Australian women who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 67% report ever using crystal methamphetamine (ice), with 33% never having used crystal methamphetamine. Among Australian men who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 61% reported that crystal methamphetamine (ice) was the main form that they used, with 39% mainly using other forms of methamphetamine. Among Australian women who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 51% reported that crystal methamphetamine (ice) was the main form that they used, with 49% mainly using other forms of methamphetamine.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2018).

† Meth/amphetamine: This term covers a range of stimulant drugs including methamphetamine and amphetamine. The National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) described meth/amphetamine as including drugs commonly known as speed, ice, crystal, whizz, Ritalin, or pseudoephedrine-based cold and flu tablets.