Are men or women in Australia more likely to receive treatment for alcohol use?

Australian men are more likely to receive treatment for alcohol use than Australian women. In 2019-20, men accounted for 63% of all alcohol-related treatment episodes and women accounted for 36%.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2019-20.

Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding and the exclusion of individuals who recorded their gender as ‘other’ or did not state their gender.

Treatment Episode: A period of contact between a client and a treatment provider. Only ‘closed’ treatment episodes are included in the data used here. An episode is closed if there is a change in the principal drug of concern, main treatment, or service delivery setting; if the treatment ends; or if the patient is imprisoned or dies.