Does the proportion of Australians who met the diagnostic criteria for a cannabis disorder in the past 12 months differ by gender?
84% of Australians who met the diagnostic criteria for cannabis dependence in the past 12 months were men and 16% were women. 74% of Australians who met the diagnostic criteria for cannabis abuse use in the past 12 months were men and 26% were women.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NCETA secondary analysis, 2014).
Abuse: A maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress.
Dependence: A maladaptive pattern of use in which the use of drugs or alcohol takes on a much higher priority for a person than other behaviours that once had greater value. The central characteristic is the strong, sometimes overpowering, desire to take the substance despite significant substance-related problems.