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, women are slightly more likely than men 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, 71% report ever using crystal methamphetamine (ice) and 29% never used crystal methamphetamine. Among Australian women who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 73% report ever using crystal methamphetamine (ice) and 27% never used crystal methamphetamine. Among Australian men who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 50% chose crystal methamphetamine (ice) as their main form and 50% chose other forms of methamphetamine. Among Australian women who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 52% chose crystal methamphetamine (ice) as their main form and 48% chose other forms of methamphetamine.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2015).

†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.