Does crystal methamphetamine (ice) use in Australia vary by employment status and gender?

Among Australians who are unemployed, men are more likely than women to have used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months (6% vs 1.5%, respectively). Men and women who are employed or not in the labour force use crystal methamphetamine at relatively similar rates.

0.9% of employed Australian men used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months, compared to 0.5% of women. 6.0% of unemployed Australian men used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months, compared to 1.5% of women. 0.5% of Australian men who are not in the labour force used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months, compared to 0.4% of women.

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

Employed: Self-employed or working for salary or wages.

Employment Status: Whether an individual is currently: a) employed; b) unemployed; or c) not in the labour force.

Not in the Labour Force: Engaged in home duties, volunteer/charity work, student, retiree/pensioner, other.

Unemployed: Those who are not currently working and are actively seeking employment.