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

Regardless of employment status, Australian men are more likely than women to have used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months. Unemployed Australian men are the most likely to have used ice in the past 12 months (4.2%).

1.3% of employed Australian men used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months, compared to 0.9% of women. 4.2% of unemployed Australian men used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months, compared to 2.6% of women. 0.9% 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). 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2015).

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.