Do men or women in Australia use meth/amphetamine more often?

Among Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, women were more likely than men to use once a month, every few months, and once or twice per year. Men were more likely than women to use once a week or more.

24% of Australian men and 15% of Australian women who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months used once per week or more. 10%* of Australian men and 12%* of Australian women who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months used about once per month. 23% of Australian men and 27% of Australian women who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months used every few months. 43% of Australian men and 46% of Australian women who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months used once or twice per year. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

† 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.

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.