AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Conferences & events Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders
By category Ageing, disability & carers Families & children Hospitals Housing & homelessness Indigenous Australians Population groups Risk factors, diseases & death Services, workforce & spending
By subjectAdoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases
Chronic kidney disease Chronic respiratory conditions Deaths Dementia Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Injury Life expectancy
Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Data Publications Contact AIHW
Publications CatalogueOrdering publicationsForthcoming publicationsOnline reportsRate our publication effectivenessSubscribe to release notices
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases Chronic kidney disease
Chronic respiratory conditions Corporate publications Data linkage Data standards Deaths Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition General practice Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Indigenous housing
Injury Life expectancy Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Subjects Data Contact AIHW
About AIHW data METeOR - metadata online registry Data by subject Catalogue of holdings of AIHW data Customised data analysis request Data linking Data standards Privacy of data
By subject Aged care Alcohol and other drugs Alcohol data sources Body weight data sources Cancer Children's headline indicators (CHI) National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse Chronic disease indicators Deaths
Disability Expenditure FHBH - Fixing houses for better health General practice (GP) data Hospitals Height and weight data sources Indigenous Australians International collaboration Maternity Information Matrix (MIM)
Medical indemnity Mental health National indicator catalogue National core maternity indicators (NCMI) Risk factors statistics Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Tobacco data sources Workforce
In other sections Subjects Publications Contact AIHW
AACR ACFADD AHSAC AIHW Board AIHW Ethics Committee CKDMAC AODTS NMDS WG CMAG CSDWG CVDMAC HEAC HHIMG
IGIHM JJ RIG MHISS NAGATSIHID NCIAG NCSIMG NDDWG NDIMG NHISSC NIAG NIRAPIMG NMDD
NMDS NOPSAD NPDDC NPHEP NPHIC PCDWG PDWG PHIDG PHIG REDWG Workforce committees YIAG
Education worksheets What's in the pipeline Subscribe to education notices Other educational links
Worksheets by subject All Latest Ageing Australia's health Australia's welfare Carers
Children & youth Disability Disease Drugs
Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury
In other sections Subjects Data Publications Contact AIHW
Job vacancies How to apply for a position at the AIHW Conditions of employment Benefits of working for the AIHW Indigenous temporary employment register Temporary employment register Occupational Training Program Contact the People Unit Graduates
AIHW Access magazine Conferences & events Media releases Subscribe to release notices Media FAQ Media contacts
You are here:
Increasing numbers of Australians are using drug treatment services for alcohol use, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2009-10: report on the National Minimum Data Set, shows that alcohol was the principal drug of concern reported in almost half (48%) of the 147,000 community-based drug treatment episodes provided across Australia in 2009–10.
‘This is the highest proportion of treatment episodes for alcohol use since the data collection began in 2001–02,’ said AIHW spokesperson Brent Diverty.
Over two-thirds (69%) of all treatment episodes for alcohol were for males. There were more males than females receiving treatment for all principal drugs of concern except benzodiazepines.
‘Alcohol was the most frequently reported principal drug of concern for all age groups, except for 10–19 year olds, where cannabis was more common,’ Mr Diverty said.
The proportion of episodes where alcohol was the principal drug of concern increased with age, ranging from almost two in five for 20–29-year-olds to more than four in five clients aged over 60.
The report also shows around one in four treatment episodes nominated cannabis as the principal drug of concern, and one in 10 named heroin.
In half (53%) of all treatment episodes, more than one drug was reported. When all drugs of concern are considered, alcohol was reported in 64% of episodes. While few people nominated nicotine as their principal drug of concern, it was often named as a secondary drug of concern.
Overall, counselling was the most common treatment type (42% of episodes), followed by withdrawal management (detoxification; 15%).
‘Indigenous Australians were over-represented in drug and alcohol treatment episodes, with one in eight episodes being for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders,’ Mr Diverty said.
The latest update of AIHW’s compendium of drugs statistics was also released today. Drugs in Australia 2010 brings together the most recent national information about use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, treatment services, drug-related health issues, and drugs in the context of crime and law enforcement. Of note from this report, in addition to the 147,000 community-based drug treatment episodes there were 104,614 hospital stays reported with a drug-related principal diagnosis in 2009–10, and more than half (58%) of these involved alcohol use.
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.
Canberra, 11 November 2011
Further information: Mr Brent Diverty, AIHW, tel. (02) 6249 5096, mob. 0407 915 851
For media copies of the report: Publications Officer 02 6244 1032
Full report: Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2009-10: report on the National Minimum Data Set