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Young Londoners shun drugs for alcohol

gladaA new report from the Greater London Alcohol and Drug Alliance (GLADA), Highs and Lows update briefing, says:

Overall it appears that both alcohol consumption and drug use among young people is lower in London than the national average. In addition,drug use among young Londoners may be declining.

This fits with what I found when looking at the Tellus3 survey results for London.  Though I thought there were interesting differences between what was going on in inner London and the outer suburbs.

Alcohol

The report uses findings from the SHEU to suggest that young Londoners were less likely to consume alcohol than their peers do nationally:

Between 2003 and 2006, 2.9 per cent of year 8 pupils in London reportedconsuming seven or more units of alcohol in the past seven days,compared to 5.5 per cent nationally. Similarly between 2002-2006, 8.4per cent of year 10 pupils in London reported consuming seven or moreunits of alcohol in the past seven days compared to 19 per cent acrossEngland.

Illegal Drugs

The GLADA say:

The proportion of young Londoners who reported using any drug in the last year decreased significantly over this period from 20.3 to 17.8 per cent. Most striking was the drop in the proportion of young Londoners who reported cocaine powder use – down from 7.1 in 2005/06 to 3.2 per cent in 2006/07, and then up slightly to 4.7 in 2007/08. The London figure for reported cocaine powder use has now been lower than the national figure for two consecutive years.

They go on to say that it is predominantly the young who see drug dealing as a significant problem in the capital:

The people most likely to perceive drug dealing and use to be a big or fairly big problem were those aged 15-24, and belonged to a lower socio-economic group.

The Publican report on the findings saying:

Figures showed alcohol-related hospital admissions for 11-18 year olds in London had increased by more than half in five years, rising from 1,171 in 2002 to 1,769 in 2007.

But the proportion of young people aged between 16 and 24 who reported using drugs in the past year had dropped by three per cent, falling from one in five in 2006 to 17.8 per cent in 2008.

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