What additional mental health disorders do Australians with an alcohol disorder have?

Among Australians with an alcohol disorder, more than half also have at least one additional mental health disorder. The most common additional mental health disorder is an anxiety disorder (23%), followed by an anxiety disorder that is experienced in conjunction with an affective mood disorder (15%).

44% of Australians with an alcohol disorder have no other mental disorder. Of the remaining 59% with an additional mental disorder, 13% have an anxiety or affective plus other drug disorder; 15% have an anxiety and affective disorder; 23% have an anxiety disorder only; 3% have an affective disorder only; and 3% have another drug disorder only.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NCETA secondary analysis, 2013).

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

Affective Mood Disorders: Disorders that involve mood disturbance. Examples include bipolar affective disorder, depressive episode, and dysthymia.

Anxiety Disorders: Disorders that involve feelings of tension, distress, or nervousness. In the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NSMHW) (2007) the following anxiety disorders were collected: Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Agoraphobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Comorbidity: Having more than one disorder at the same time is known as comorbidity. Alcohol comorbidity is defined as being diagnosed with an alcohol-related mental health disorder in addition to another mental health disorder or physical condition.