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 2017-18, men accounted for 65% of all alcohol-related treatment episodes and women accounted for 35%.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2017-18. (NCETA secondary analysis, 2019).

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.

Please note: The percentages reported here differ to those reported in the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2017-18 report. The report percentages were based on a reduced sample of client records with a valid statistical linkage key, whilst the percentages presented above include the complete sample who reported their gender.