EDRS Bulletin December 2009: The personal wellbeing of regular ecstasy users in Australia

Key findings

  • The overall quality of life reported by Australian Regular Ecstasy Users (REU), as measured by the Australian Unity Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI), were lower compared to the general Australian population, with REU also reporting less satisfaction with their standard of living, health and life achievements.
  • Unemployment and recent bingeing were associated with decreases in overall PWI scores among REU, indicating less overall life satisfaction.
  • Completion of year 12 was associated with an increase in overall PWI scores among REU, indicating more overall life satisfaction.
  • In general, changes in the self-reported quality of life of REU are more closely linked with variations in their socio-economic circumstances than their patterns of drug use.