Do younger or older Australians use meth/amphetamine more often?

Among Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, older age groups were more likely than younger age groups to use infrequently (once or twice per year).

Among Australians aged 14-17 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 0% used meth/amphetamine every day; 46%** used once per week or more; 15%** used about once per month; 21%** used every few months; and 18%** used about once or twice per year. Among Australians aged 18-24 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 2%** used meth/amphetamine every day; 13% used once per week or more; 21% used about once per month; 23% used every few months; and 42% used about once or twice per year. Among Australians aged 25-29 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 1%** used meth/amphetamine every day; 9%* used once per week or more; 21% used about once per month; 21% used every few months; and 48% used about once or twice per year. Among Australians aged 30-39 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 3%** used meth/amphetamine every day; 13% used once per week or more; 10% used about once per month; 15% used every few months; and 60% used about once or twice per year. Among Australians aged 40+ years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 2%** used meth/amphetamine every day; 16% used once per week or more, 13% used about once per month; 20% used every few months; and 50% used about once or twice per year. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution. ** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

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.

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

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding.