Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is defined as the harmful use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and other drugs [1]. In Australia, this issue is prevalent among men, with a higher proportion engaging in high-risk drinking and substance misuse compared to women [2]. The most commonly used illicit drug among men in Australia is cannabis, followed by amphetamines. Alcohol is the most frequently used substance amongst non-illicit substances, with men being more likely to engage in binge drinking and long-term heavy drinking behaviour [2].

The negative consequences of substance abuse are significant, ranging from health problems to social and economic issues [1]. Therefore, it is crucial for individuals struggling with substance abuse to seek help and support in overcoming their addiction [2].

For more information on substance abuse in men, please visit the following websites:

Research and reports relating to substance abuse can be found below:


1.World Health Organisation. Alcohol, drugs and addictive behaviours unit 2023; Available from:

2.Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Alcohol, tobacco & other drugs in Australia. 2023, AIHW: Canberra.